Church and state become issues when combined for political power, seen in the 2012 GOP presidential race. As separate entities, church and state are indispensable for growth. Cemented together, they destroy the integrity of one another.
According to "The God Strategy," by David Domke and Kevin Coe, "the rise of religion in American politics began under President Reagan" with the prayer God Bless America at the end of his 1980 Republican acceptance speech. What has been set in motion are political votes from God.
It was a purposeful intent by the government to use partisan faith for solidifying a union between religion and politics. Unfortunately, this eventually would lead to political warfare of both Republicans and Democrats, and has done so.
In a March 5, 2012, update by National Journal, GOP Rick Santorum said that the "Founding Fathers did not intend for an absolute separation of church and state." Newt Gingrich complains that the country is being attacked by the secular left while Mitt Romney is concerned about President Obama's secular agenda. The GOP term of the hour is secular --- worldly things or things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred.
He explained on ABC’s This Week that he almost vomited “because the first line, first substantive line in the speech says, ‘I believe in America where the separation of church and state is absolute.’ I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country.” .
Are all GOPs against the separation of church and state? Other than Ron Paul, it would appear so --- with Santorum the strongest. But an ABC News-American poll in September of 2011 says that American citizens are not, running from 66% to 29% stating that political leaders should not use religious beliefs in making government decisions on policies. It would seem that listening to the American citizens should be a priority for the GOP instead of using political votes from God.
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