Palin And Biden On Separation Of Church And State
She keeps on stumbling…
Palinâ€™s statement is particularly interesting mostly because it ends up becoming a fundamental misreading of what Jefferson meant when he said that the First Amendment had erected a â€œwall of separationâ€ between the political and clerical worlds â€” namely his assertion, widely accepted during the Founding Era, that true religious liberty required that the state and the church remain separate entities.
Just as the state should not get involved in or seek to influence matters belonging to the religious world, the church should not get involved in or seek to influence matters that are the purview of civil government.
Correct, it works both ways, although nowadays there’s much more focus around making sure the church stays out of the government’s space than vice versa.