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Separation between Church and State

Separationbetween Church and State

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Separationbetween Church and State

Ina democratic world, freedom to worship is a right that is deserved byall. Government involvement in religious matters would then limitthis freedom. As a result, Thomas Jefferson wrote about &quotSeparationof church and state&quot with the intent of limiting the FederalGovernment power regarding religion to enhance the freedom of worshipin America. The ‘abuse’ of &quotSeparation of church and state&quotby the politics of today can be considered appropriate in bringingharmony in the business world.

Churchesin America have diversified regarding financial support andstability. Apart from the normal tithes and offerings as well asdonations which sustain the operations of the church, diversificationsuch as the establishment of church businesses has emerged inAmerica. According to the principle of &quotSeparation of church andstate,&quot church businesses should not be interfered by thegovernment. However, the politics of today have put regulations whichwould see church businesses being subjected to tax responsibilitiesjust like any other business (Brownstein, 2012).

Inmy opinion, the mentioning of God in government practices such assubjecting church business for a tax is appropriate. This aspect isbecause if church businesses are exempted from tax, people may takethat opportunity and evade tax payment by establishing businesses inthe name of religion thus defrauding the government of tax. Churchoperations for raising money such as donations should not facetaxation, but any business that competes in the market in the name ofreligion should face taxation to ensure fairness in the market.

Conclusion

The‘abuse’ of &quotSeparation of church and state&quot by thepolitics of the day concerning taxation of church businesses toensure fairness in the market can be considered appropriate. Churchesshould be limited to gospel and not doing business. Any business byany church should thus face taxation.

Reference

Brownstein,A. (2012). Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church andState. Journalof Church and State,54(3),445-447. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jcs/css068