In the debate over the separation of church and state, people against this separation often are deeply religious persons and evangelicals. This is ironic, because these committed believers have the most to gain from this separation.
These true believers so love their religion that they argue that everyone should share it, and no other religion can provide as correct a life. They believe that if only one religion is enforced by the state that it is obvious that it will be theirs.
But will it? We see in the battles over religions that there are many choices, and the believers in each believes it is the best. Battles, even to the death, to establish one religion’s dominance over another occur between Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan; in Ireland between Catholics and Protestants and in the Middle East between Jews and Arabs and between Sunni and Shea. These battles are centuries old. Remember the Crusades and the Inquisition?
WILLIAM A. PRYOR
Boyd professor emeritus, LSU