I had a thought just now, and thought I would ask my friends opinions. Keep in mind, there is no right answer, just a search for the truth.
We all agree that to some point there is a separation of Church and State. But how far does that extend?
The accepted ideal seems to agree that this means that we can't hang the 10 Commandments in court, or pray in school. But what about the actual actions of the government?
Again, this is not a condemnation, rather a search to see if maybe i had one beer too many and just don't get it.
But i see that everyone is very intent to keep the government from showing any Religious symbols. But does this not also apply to what the government does, and by process spends money they demand from religious people?
If the government funds research into evolution, for example, does that not mean that they are forcing their religious population to pay them money , in order to turn around and spend that money to research a belief system that is contrary to what that person believes? If so, is there an obligation of that same government to provide equal funding into research projects that support that person's beliefs? otherwise, it logically follows that the government is forcing people that do not follow its own belief system to fund the government's research to validate their belief?
Is that not a violation of church and state if the state is mandating any religious group pay taxes that will be used to fund belief systems different than theirs? How is that different from a Church government mandating atheistic people to pay taxes that they can spend on researching the origins of the author of Genesis?