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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 07:19 PM

52. From an outsider's point of view...

I am not sure how well such an amendment could work. Basically, if you need it, it probably won't work, and if it would work, you probably don't need it. After all, politicians can always claim that their anti-abortion/anti-contraception/anti-homosexuality bills, or harsh policies toward single parents , are due to something other than religion; and sometimes they are.

The UK does not have official church-state separation. While it would doubtless be better if we did, nevertheless we seem in practice to have a lot less intrusion of religion into government than the USA, which does have such separation. And the worst example that I have personally experienced on my patch - when vicious religious-right 'pro-lifers' conducted a smear campaign that contributed to the defeat of my MP in 2010 - could probably not have been prevented by such church-state separation, or by an amendment of the sort that you propose.

The biggest problem in the USA, and to some degree elsewhere, seems to me to be with religious-right pressure groups having a strong influence on voters, the media and the government. And the best solutions seem to me to enforce the rules about religious institutions losing tax-exempt status if they campaign for particular political parties or individuals; and for citizens to always be on their guard against the political influence of the religious right, and never to think that it 'can't happen here', wherever you may live.

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