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The Legal Fallacy of Separation of Church and State

Faith and Freedom with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and BarbWire’s Matt Barber… An 11-minute weekday radio program discussing hot topics in the area of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family.

Some people, amazingly, still think the separation of church and state is required by the Constitution. That it’s actually part of the First Amendment. That that is what is mandated from our Founders. And while on the one hand there is this idea that the government should not intermingle itself with and control religious institutions and churches. That does not mean that people of faith and values and Christian principles should not influence and be involved in the government.

Mat Staver: Matt, you wrote an article recently and it starts off by saying:

The American church has a problem. It’s one part fear, one part confusion and one part apathy. Pastors, priests and rabbis have long swallowed the false notion that all things religious and all things political are somehow mutually exclusive – that never the twain shall meet.

I think that is part of the misinformation, it’s part of the problem that we have not only with pastors and churches, but even with some of the people in the media.

Matt Barber: And regrettably it’s a problem that has been fomented in large part by, as we point out, inaction on the parts of churches. And they’ve been given a convenient excuse for this inaction. That is secularist organizations and so-called progressive, historical revisionists have done a wonderful job of creating this idea of separation of church and state… 


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