MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 36
Article views: 672
Latest Badges:

View all Unrestrained's badges.

Separation of Church and State

04 October 2012, 15:00
This article is NOT intended to inspire another debate as to whether God does, or does not, exist. I would like to simply start off with the premises that there are people who believe in God and people who don't and, amongst those who do, there is major disagreement on the form that (s)he takes and the requirements of individual beliefs.

Where I have noticed some agreement (in theory, but not in practice) is that belief is a personal thing and should not affect the lives of other people. To me, this means that church and state should be separated, i.e. that one should be allowed to live ones own life as one chooses, but that those choices should never be legislatively imposed on anyone else. As superficial examples, public schools should never be made to teach ID, gays should be allowed to marry and infidelity should not be criminalised. The simple reason for this is that others (whether or not minorities) should not be made to live according to the dictates of another person's belief system. Do you agree?

If you do not agree, please comment as to why. And, in providing such an answer, please include guidance as to the following practicalities: (a) Which belief should influence policy? Is it yours? Is it the dominant? (b) If yes, what happens if the majority shifts? Would you accept the dictates of another religious policy if it became dominant and you found yourself in a minority? (c) If you wouldn't, how would you protect your individual rights? Would you push for separation of belief and policy, or would you fight to have your minority belief dictate policy, despite majority dissatisfaction? (d) What else do you have to say on the matter?
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Mohammed Parak
Zero Gravity

It's not everyday that a thought comes up, highlighting something you didn't know before. Read more...

0 comments 190 views
Submitted by
Could Glencore be wiped out?

Glencore is a stock that everyone’s talking about, but the mining giant has collapsed again. Read more...

0 comments 2655 views
Submitted by
The Scribe
In Defence of Dianne Kohler-Barna...

The media, especially social media is all agog about THAT Facebook share by Dianne Kohler-Barnard. Read more...

0 comments 2519 views
Submitted by
Michael Ernest Meder
Crime entitlement

Entitlement is a major underlying cause of crime.

0 comments 224 views
Submitted by
Mike Van Wyk
Should big banks offer more unsec...

Since the crisis of 2008, the major banks have gone back to providing their fundamental function, but have been slow to keep pace with the growing demand for loans by South Africans. Read more...

0 comments 928 views
Submitted by
Stishera Khumalo
Corruption - Enough is Enough

Corruption has gone too far now.

0 comments 2074 views


E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2015 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.