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The Not-So-Secret Affair Between State and Church.

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The Not-So-Secret Affair Between State and Church Anyone with a reasonable background in history will agree, out of religion- spawned government, and with it, law. For centuries, the two were as one, and many governments grew with their own laws. These were defined by their own view of the world, religion. However, with the beginning of the industrial revolution, and consequently the beginning of "developed" and "developing" countries, the difference between the two was also through their rule; "secular", or finding morality without God, and "religious", defining their judicial and governing system mostly, if not wholly, on the diction of one God most accepted in the country. Unfortunately, the most developed, and most powerful country in the world seems to refuse letting go of tradition, thus making secularism nothing but a distant dream, or for some- nightmare. Evangelical Christianity has affected the United States negatively by strongly influencing the political world and thus creating a society more concerned with the preservation of tradition and the "Old Ways" than pressing issues and creating a tolerant society. In the United States there has been much battle over the last few decades concerning several controversial topics in its legal arena; two of which will be discussed in this research essay. The battle is between those affected, and those who believe they know better, the Evangelical Christians of the USA. ...read more.

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It seems as though there are more than enough legal ways to create a legalized institution of marriage that would not exclude those of an alternative lifestyle. The question of why is hasn't been done though, will not be found in any law book at any law school, office, or library. The reason for the continuous struggle against the allowance of a certain type of people to "invade" an age-old institution is found within the source of creation for that same establishment, the bible. "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable [or, 'an abomination']. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads." (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13) Excerpts such as these appear all over the Old and New Testaments (more so in the New) and were the molding stones of law since the very beginning. Unfortunately, in a growing secular society, there is no longer room for such blunt accusations against the lifestyle choice certain individuals in such developed and supposedly free nations, most distinctly, the United States. A person cannot choose how they die any more than they can how to live it. Euthanasia is defined as "the act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition, as by lethal injection or the suspension of extraordinary medical treatment" by the dictionary. ...read more.

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The born again evangelical has been using religion from his first day in politics to dictate his every move. The Bush administration is the most openly religious administration since Woodrow Wilson, and is proud of it. Whenever the topic of terrorism arises, Bush continuously refers to terrorists as 'evil'. He does not use the Bible to make every decision, he does not need the advice of various religious leaders, he takes all he knows from the basic teachings of the New Testament, as well as the definition of Good Vs. Evil. This simple definition shows how deeply entrenched the biblical ideas are into Bush, and thereby, into the American government. Bibliography Associated Press, Bush Looks to 2005 With Ambitious Agenda, Dec 21, 2004. Dec 25. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=349738 Baskin-Jones, Michele, Biographical Profile of Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Jan 4. http://dying.about.com/cs/glossary/p/p_Kevorkian.htm Bayles, Fred, and Andrea Stone, Gay-marriage foes try to stop 'activist courts'. 2/25/2004. Dec 25. <http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-02-25-gay-marriage-qa_x.htm> Domke, David, P-I Focus: Bush weds religion, politics to form world view, Sunday, August 22, 2004 <http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/187081_focusbush22.html> Fineman, Howard, Bush and God. March 10, 2003. Dec. 25. <http://www.traditionalvalues.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=808> Fitzgerald, Mary, and Alan Cooperman, Marriage Protection Act Passes, Friday, July 23, 2004. Dec 25. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6217-2004Jul22.html> Gollnick, Kimn Swenson, Life, Death, and Euthanasia, 1998 Sept-Dec <www.cog7.org/BA/NowWhat/Articles/SuicideEuthanasia/LifeDeathEuthan.html> Humphry, Derek, Prisoner of Conscience, Updated 27 March 2003. Jan 4. <http://www.finalexit.org/dr.k.html> Lessenberry, Jack. Death Becomes Him. July 1994. Dec. 25. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/kevorkian/aboutk/vanityfair.html> Page, Susan, Gay marriage looms large for '04, 11/19/2003 7:21 AM. Sept-Dec. <http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-11-19-wedge_x.htm> Jan 4. <http://caselaw.lp.findlaw. ...read more.

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