Quite correct here Zoltan2,
You are so evil
Orangetom is not calling me stupid like you do.
I guess you have a problem in reading and comprehending what is written.
Who Orangetom is calling stupid is the politicians in Rome seeking to head off European Commission censure over controversial property tax breaks enjoyed by the Church.
I believe in the doctrine and practice of Separation of Church and State.
I also happen to know that the reason for this separation is to prevent the Mischief of which Rome got involved into by controlling and manipulating the kings and nations of Europe.
The Founding Fathers here in America knew this history ...the history of "Divine Right of Kings" and the role it played in keeping many nations backwards and under bondage and tyranny to not only very poor kings as leaders, but also to priests and popes..at the same time.
The purpose of separation of church and state is to prevent government from going back to absolute power in the hands of men...back towards religious power...of which abuses they were well familiar. To prevent mischief of natural men in government. Separation of church and state was to limit the power of government. Not to limit the power of the people.
Today under gnostic wise men and intellect we see government going back to absolute power ..but by the new religion called secular reasoning and beliefs.
They are now by intellect moving into the religious arena and attempting to separate the people from their religion.
This was never intended to put limits on the people...to live their religions but to limit the government.
I also believe that Churches should be tax immune...not tax exempt. Tax exempt is not separation from government.
For even when secular government becomes so corrupt and unaccountable to the people or the laws of the land..they will spend everything the people have or ever will have while granting themselves more and more power. They will also take everything from the Churches as well and spend this too. And it has been done in history. It is not a new thing.
I am not standing up here for the RCC. I just recognize what the history states.
And to re state what I previously said...you do not want the RCC to have a hand in government affairs. Simply by their historical track record.
The RCC is not alone in this...there are other religions you do not want directly to have a role in government. For this is not separation.
This is not strictly a pick on the RCC type thing.
I had a very olde book some time back..written about 1890. It was called
"Separation of Church and State in Virginia."
What was of great interest in this book is the record of many of the colonies in early America who wanted to have an official state or colony religion recognized. Fortunately many people and colonies realized this was not the way to go..though there was very heavy and passionate debate over this very thing.
When the colonies were finally formed into states...the Founders too recognized this as not a good idea.