Church & State

Separation of Church and State refers to laws that specifically prohibit the establishment of any government-sponsored religion or imposing a specific religion upon the members of that country.

Religious campaigners vigorously insist that the majority should have privileged access to draft laws or influence government. They also decry government attempts to regulate or influence religious policies. The Separation of Church and State protects both sides from each other: the government cannot meddle in private religious affairs, and the population's minority is protected from religion's antiquated belief systems.

Notable lawful statements about separation include:

The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.