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Separation of Church and State is American; Is Foreign to and Not Islamic

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in response to reader comment: First salvo in the intellectual offensive against Islam should be separation of church and state.

Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Dec 7, 2021 at 14:56

In the arena of continuing contentions of religious animosities, this observer arrives at a similar conclusion and even sympathizes with reader Prashant's observations; but a paradox surfaces that has a long running contention of its own contravening indications of irreconcilable circumstances. It is the content and context of 'separation of church and state', a decidedly 'American' legal concept that was derived from a series of similar confrontational implications in American jurisprudence regarding imposition of religious edicts/mandates from a governmental platform of authority. An extraction from a letter of opinion while the situation of imposing religious restrictions in a public forum was being challenged became American law at the behest of the highest court of the land and its misinterpretation has been a thorn in the side of American freedom ever since. Its misinterpretation is experienced from all sides of the view, from all refractions and infractions of its applications in American society.
While the first of the implications is that religious freedom is the law of the land, rule of law that is perceived as 'religiously' based was not to become a basis of arguing that rebellion to law and order was perceived and 'protected' as an act of freedom. An attack on civility was not authenticated, but the pushback on religious objections to certain antisocial behaviors in order to maintain social order soon became the 'war cry' to those whose attitudes towards religion in general were less than civilized. This exists in America today.
In the world, on the other hand, social civility based upon religious observations of being dutiful to one's obligation to the rule of deity is as diverse as there are religions and the rules of compliance are myriad and as such, are impossible to keep track of, much less made to be enforceable.
The American style of governance was never made fully acceptable outside of America; the world-scape is littered with failed attempts to 'Americanize' democracies since no other nation has ever fully understood how America was set to function; and today that concept in America is compromised by the socialist progressive movement. It's that rebellion that too many believe will replace the Constitutional form and separation of church and state will eventually become the final victim.

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