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THEY USED TO BURN WITCHES AT THE STAKE? EXPLAIN SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE IN THIS CIRCUMSTANCE?

 
2mothershelpers

Asked by 2mothershelpers at 9:45 PM on May. 8, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • First....you're talking years prior to when that idea came about
    Second, the idea of seperating church and state is an incorrect one. The true meaning is the government shall not endors religion over another. BAsically it means the government can't make living harder or easier for a group based on their faith (any laws ringing a bell right now?) But you've also got to realize that faith will impact a politicians ideas and voting. This IS permissable. Government institutions were supposed to be limited, not the people. So the law designed to grant religious freedom does contradict itself from time to time. If its meant to prevent the government from holding a person back due to faith or inhibiting practice, then by not allowing a teacher to lead a prayer is technically unconstitutional. However, so is forcing a student who is NOT a christian to pray. Can we say catch-22?
    katzmeow726

    Answer by katzmeow726 at 2:29 AM on May. 9, 2009

  • If you are talking about Salem: The church and its leaders dictated public policy, social mores, appointed civil servants and generally set the tone for the community. There was no separation of church and state in 17th century Massachusetts.
    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 9:53 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • Even if there was a separation or church and state, it wouldn't have mattered. Church at the time meant protestant or catholic...witches weren't even on the map when they were being burned at the stake.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:56 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • This took place in the 1600s....predating the document (our constitution) that promised separation of church and state by 100+ years. So I'm not sure why you've asked this question.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:02 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • So I'm not sure why you've asked this question.

    They probably thought they were being clever and asking a question that would trip people up. I can imagine the haughty laugh they must of had when asking.lol People amuse me.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:28 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • I agree with the pp's above. There was no separation between church and state back then.
    dragonfly7271

    Answer by dragonfly7271 at 10:37 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • smoking is bad 4 u 2mothershelpers stop, and save ur brain cells please
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:50 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • Wow. Just Wow.

    Friday

    Answer by Friday at 11:13 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • that was before our country was founded & therefore not a valid argument.

    the church was the state back then.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 11:25 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • *shakes head*
    _Jynxx_

    Answer by _Jynxx_ at 11:34 PM on May. 8, 2009

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