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Posted by Slavei at on August 22, 2003 at 11:41:48:

In Reply to: Re: It's not a 'hypocrisy' really posted by Xtian on August 22, 2003 at 11:13:22:

: : The reason for Separation of Church & State was to guarantee the rights of all people of all denominations.

: i understand the mentality, but having any religious imagery in a place of 'state' seems to run contrary to this intent.

The government as a whole needs to be 'God-less' even though this country was founded on escaping from religious persecution. By having such things displayed, the government can be construed as showing favoritism indirectly. By not showing such imagery, the government is avoiding any trouble with others' religious persecution.

If the whole world was Christian, for example, there wouldn't be a need for the Separation of Church & State. As that's not the case, we have to please everyone - religious or not.

: : Would you go to a judge who had part of the Khoran(sp??) displayed behind him or one with no religious display at all?

: it wouldnt matter to me at all, as long as i knew i was being judged based on the law of the country i am in, as opposed to the law of the religious text he/she adheres to.

Yes, but how would you know you were being judged fairly if the judge seemed to be a devout religious nut of a religion you know nothing about nor or any part of?

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