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Old 2012-10-05, 10:16   Link #1060
Join Date: Feb 2006
Age: 35
@Sumeragi -

Well, the U.S. Constitution stipulates there be a separation of church and state. The Courts have also abided by this to a certain extent which has also set a history of precedent. I'm interested to see why you believe an atheist or agnostic president could be elected?

From Wikipedia (because I'm too lazy to find "first source" documents or quotes):
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...." and Article VI specifies that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." The modern concept of a wholly secular government is sometimes credited to the writings of English philosopher John Locke, but the phrase "separation of church and state" in this context is generally traced to a January 1, 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson, addressed to the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut, and published in a Massachusetts newspaper. Echoing the language of the founder of the first Baptist church in America, Roger Williams—who had written in 1644 of "[A] hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world"— Jefferson wrote, "I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."
Hm, and with regards to Religion x Reason in general .. My core issue behind religion is that it requires "faith" which is fundamentally "believing in things without proof" .. which based on my personality is tough for me

Well this is a topic for another thread (are we grown up enough to have a "Religion & Spirituality" thread?) that I'm all too happy to discuss, with what I hope people consider is an open mind.

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