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November 23, 2004

Hope for Hitmen

You've surely seen this already, but I just had to offer my own blog-style shake of the head:

"I'm trying to be a good Catholic," [Representative Barbara A.] L'Italien said. "But this should be a separate issue. Church should be a sanctuary for me and my faith and not have anything to do with my work."

As Jeff Miller says:

This attitude is really not so surprising. First we had the false dichotomy of church and state with the alleged wall of separation to prevent you from actually voting based on your faith. Now we have the separation of work and church. Her comment is just so laughable and devoid of reason. Would her excuse also go for a professional robber?

I'd add to Jeff's comments that L'Italien is a poster girl for more than the separation of church and X movement. Note the phrase "a sanctuary for me and my faith"; the more significant separation that's all too common in our society, in my mind, is not between church and state, but between faith and religion. L'Italien thinks the Church should support her faith, whatever that might happen to be. Attempts to direct that faith should be "a separate issue" from her relationship with the religious organization.

Posted by Justin Katz at November 23, 2004 10:33 PM

I support separation of church and state but not of faith and state. If I'm a lawmaker and I'm trying to decided what the prison sentence range should be for a particular crime, my faith perspective cannot help but inform my judgment on such a justice concern.

Posted by: Joel Thomas at November 24, 2004 1:36 AM