Last night I tuned in to watch the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary debate. It is not the goal of this writing to inform you of who to vote for, but to comment on the Constitution’s First Amendment of the separation of church and state, as this was a topic brought up at the debate.
The issue was brought to the candidates as a question from a member in the audience who asked of how the candidates understood the definition, and how it would affect their decision making. In my opinion the second part of the question is rather negative as it implies one sphere of life cannot carry over into the other. In other words, whatever your faith is, it should be kept in isolation, and kept separate from the affairs of government. How else can this question be interpreted when CNN moderator John King asked Congressman Ron Paul, “Does faith have a role in these public issues, the public square, or is it a personal issue at your home and in your church?”