Speaking to Supreme Court justices, cabinet members, politicians and hundreds of judges and lawyers gathered in DC on Sunday to celebrate a special Mass marking the start of the judicial calendar, Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of Washington rejoiced in what he called the resurgence of faith in the shaping of public policy and urged those before him to remain rooted in their religion.
Wuerl said the values formed by religion could not be separated from the insight and judgment brought to bear on law and policy. “The two spheres, church and state, while distinct, are always interrelated,” Archbishop Wuerl told the worshipers. “Politics, law, faith are mingled because believers are also citizens. Church and state are home for the same people.”
'the resurgence of faith in the shaping of public policy and urged those before him to remain rooted in their religion'
In these words I see the seeds of Theocracy and it's scares the bejesus out of me. Law and faith are NOT mingled. They are two separate branches of thought. Law is definable and quantifiable and can be revised and exists physically. Faith is belief, by it's very definition is is undefinable, unquantifiable, is static and unchanging and does not exist physically in any form.
The values of religion should almost never be brought to bear on law and policy. I'm pretty cool with don't kill and don't steal but that's about it. Mixing law and religion is exactly what has led this country to make some of it worst legal mistakes. Slavery, based on the Bible. Women being denied the right to vote, based on the Bible. These 2 examples and a myriad of others finally overcame religious foundations in order to be bound into law. Today religious beliefs are used to deny a whole class of tax-paying citizens the same rights enjoyed by other tax-paying citizens. Hmmmm...
The 2 spheres of religion and law are not always interrelated and, in my humble opinion, never the two should meet. I've said it before and I'll say it again, religion is mankind's single worst invention ever. It is responsible for more death and destruction; murder and mayhem than any other cause. It continues to be the focal point for hatred and strife the world over and we would do well to be rid of it.
We certainly do NOT need it in our LAWS.
Oh and just as a parting thought...who's beliefs shall we codify into the law? Christians, Muslim, Buddhist, Shinto, Sikh, Jewish. Does THAT make it any clearer why this is a bad idea.