One of the things we all should appreciate about the separation of church and state is that we no longer have our own or somebody else’s religious beliefs forced upon us. And of course nobody will sully our name and our religious beliefs by imposing our own religion upon others. This is one of the great advantages of modern western democracies.
The only problem with this model, is that the state is slowly but surely assuming the former role of the church in dictating acceptable behaviour. More and more we see it: Politicians of today have replaced the priests of yesterday, with their dogma and fire and brimstone surmons. Scientists have replaced prophets, claiming to represent the unblemished truth by which all should guide their lives, and bureaucrats have replaced clerics, bogging down our lives with a religious attention to the smallest and most ridiculous details.
We do not need this new state religion. We do not want a society where politicians can legislate their own morality and force us to bend unwillingly, by the powers of police and punitive taxation, to their own particular ethical mores. CAGE congratulates the following journalists for having seen the danger:
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