I believe in the separation of church and state. I also believe in the separation of state and church. They aren't the same thing. In the first, the church has the ability to dictate the policy of the state. In the second the state dictates the action of the church.
Some members of the class political hold the "Separation of Church and State" as holy writ. This is why you cannot teach elementary children "the golden rule" in the public school. It is why so-called adults have a conniption when 3 or 4 Jr High school kids start a prayer club in the library after school. Granted we don't have a Supreme Court ruling on if its OK to pray during an active shooter scenario in school, at this time. Maybe someone should have taught that kid about "doing unto others as you would have them do unto you".
Having the state working with or in the churches is even more harmful. For instance, ACLU demands Catholic groups pay illegals' abortions. I'm not going to go off on the long established views of the Catholic Church on abortion. It is their right to hold that position and they should not be forced to recant it.
The problem here is much deeper than RCC doctrine. The problem is how did the Catholic Church ever find itself in a position to be forced into doing the governments bidding.
The crux of the ACLU's legal position is that the RCC takes money form the government to provide services to illegal aliens, therefor they have to provide all the services the government dictates. The ACLU is basically correct. The RCC agreed to be another brainless stooge advancing big brothers agenda the second it started accepting public funds.
Wait, what about Christian charity?
I'm all for charity, Christian or otherwise. Charity is when you take your own money or pool money from other likeminded people to do a good work. When you take government money to do a job, you are a bureaucratic sub-contractor.
But we're a church, we have our beliefs, our faith, our.....
Blah, blah, blah. You sacrificed your sanctimonious doctrinal purity the day you accepted government money to fill a government contract. You can tell yourself that you've been doing it for God, but really you've been doing it for D.C. Which is almost the same thing. They think of themselves as god, and prefer that you worship them anyway.
But, Res, aren't you against abortion?
Oh yes I am. I can make a case for not paying for them from the public purse that has nothing to do with the Catholics. Any women who shows up in America pregnant should be immediately put on a plane out of the country. It will be far cheaper for everyone if she is.
That's not the point here. The point is that the Roman Catholic Church, and several other church and para-church groups signed up for this. They did so with a gleam in their greedy little eye and a big smile on their collective faces.
This plot to facilitate the destruction of America by "helping illegals" was hatched by the Republicans under GWB. He didn't call it a plot to destroy America by boasting illegal migration. He called it "The Faith Based Initiative". Republicans and so-called Christians jumped on the socialist bandwagon with gladness and thanksgiving.
They said: "Let the churches handle social services" and "they can do it better" and "Hispanics will feel better going to their own church for help". The biggest lie was, "it will be a win-win".
It's time for American churches to stop being the governments agent for social change. Quit taking money to facilitate the radical degradation of this country.
If the government didn't pay for it, how would we get money to help illegals?
I don't know. How about using your own resources or doing fund raising?
Nobody would give us money to move more illegals here if we asked for it. Only the government would dream up funding this kind of program.