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Why is it important for religion to remain separate from politics?

I am a senior in high school, and am focusing my CITS Composition II paper and my senior symposium on the separation of church and state. I have read Kenneth D. Wald's Religion and Politics in the United States along with Isaac Kramnick's and R. Laurence Moore's The Godless Constitution: The Case Against Religious Correctness and a few works by Richard Dawkins. From my research, I am convinced that the destructive roles of religion used in the decisioin-making realms of government can be detrimental towards the evolution of humanity. Freedom of religion is also freedom from religion, and religious involvement often creates more problems than solves. Examples of these problems include, but are not limited to: political controversies of same-sex marriage, the availability of contraception for females through all types of medical insurance, the pro-life/pro-choice controversy, abortion-related violence, and last, but certainly not least- war. Patriotism and religion should not walk hand-in-hand.

However, I feel like I have such strong claims and views on this topic. I am in search of more support and opening this controversial topic for further discussion. I am all for expanding and sharing my viewpoint, and I hope this post recieves some thoughtful response. Thanks!

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    Jun 1 2012: Age,experience, class and upbringing also affect/effect our views. Having said all that, midway through my time here, I agree they should be separate. It's tough though life isn't black or white, there is so much gray. We make decisions (as do politicians and the like) on what we believe, what we believe is colored by religion sometimes. Good Topic :-D would love to hear back from you. We should be able to do what we want with our bodies and take our birth control; if someone from xyz believes based on religion, feel otherwise let them do so in their own family with their own body. My meager 2cents lol.

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