Hillary Clinton Defends Separation of Church and State

Hillary Clinton Defends Separation of Church and State January 27, 2016

On the campaign trail in Iowa Hillary Clinton defends the separation of church and state while rejecting faith-based legislation.

Justin Scott, an Iowan who takes his politics seriously, asked the Democratic presidential candidate for her thoughts on politicians who “pass laws that are based on religious beliefs and end up discriminating against people,” asking:

How do we stop that?

Clinton replied:

Well, look, I think we’ve gotta stick with our founding principles, separation between church and state. And remember: It was done in the beginning mostly to protect religion from the state. So we need to stick… We need to stick with what has worked.

This is not the first time Clinton has promoted the separation of church and state. Speaking at a townhall meeting in Las Vegas last August Clinton praised the separation of church and state, declaring:

I am very supportive of the separation of church and state. I think it’s good for both the state and religion. And we have so much diversity of thinking in the country, and part of the reason why this American experiment has lasted is because there’s a lot of different ways for people to express themselves, to believe what they want to believe, or choose not to believe, so I think the separation of church and state has served us very well, and I will certainly defend it.

Supporting the separation of church and state should not be a controversial issue. However, the sad fact is many Republicans, and many conservative Christians, dispute the existence of the separation of church and state in the U.S. Constitution.

By daring to state the obvious, by daring to support the separation of church and state, Clinton is standing up for the progressive, secular values upon which this nation was founded.

Bottom line: Clinton should be applauded for defending church state  separation, and by the same reasoning, any presidential candidate who refuses to support the separation of church and state is simply not qualified to hold the office.

(H/T Justin Scott)

(Image via Screen Grab)
(Image via Screen Grab)

 

 

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