Much has been said about the common goals shared by certain parts of the Christian church and the groups we would call generically, skeptics.Â To be sure, they share view many of the same views as to what constitutes a good and just country.
WhereÂ these churches doÂ carry their fair share of the load, in my opinion, is in patroling the line between church and state.Â Yes, they oftenÂ express the view that the two should not become entangled.Â But, the groups stepping out in front to take the arrows seem to be the “godless” groups.
The ACLU is a goto group in this effort.Â Local groups, such as our Red River Freethinkers engage it this effort as well.Â Â It would help if moreÂ churches who understand the peril of churches getting into our government and its inevitable brother, government getting into our churches would speak up.
Patroling this line is not easy.Â The line is not a clear one. Since it is not always clear, both politicans and church people find it inÂ each one’s interest to step over the line.Â Advertising religion on public property, advocating religion in the military and a host of other issues need to be corrected.
The reality is that both churches and our government would be well served by more church resistance to these practices.Â Until they can help, that civic task must be carried out by the most dislike groupsÂ in our society, those ofÂ no faith.