www.townhall.com/columnists/davidlimbaugh/printdl20040625.shtml Partisan media stalwart Helen Thomas is just the latest in a long line of commentators to argue that religion and politics don't mix. Like the others, she is woefully misguided. Kerry himself said,"I am not a spokeperson for the church, and the church is not a spokesperson for the Unites States of America. I'm running for president, and I'm running to uphold the Constitution, which has a strict seperation of church and state." The idea that Kerry is running to uphold the Constitution is...well interesting. I guess it depends on what your idea of the Constitution is. But it is amazing that liberals like Kerry cling to this superficial notion that our religious liberties are dependent on a radical seperation of church and state. Even if the First Amendment mandated a strict seperation of churhc and state--as opposed to prohibiting the establishment of a national church--it is difficult to see how a reasonable person could interpret the seperation principal as requiring office holders not to infuse their governace with their worldview. Indeed it's hard to imagine how anyone with the slightest grip on reality could believe that any human being, politician or not, could seperate who he is from what he does. If our religious moorings, or lack therof, don't largely define who we are, then nothing does. But that't the extreme degree to which irationality has captured the secularist psyche today. the secularist not only advocates extending the seperation principal to the point of smothering religious liberty. he demands that religion--at least christain religion--be privatized (relegated to churches and homes) Actually it's worse. He sometimes doesn't even want the church to be free to express itself on religious matters if such expressions could be construed to overlap into politics, as they inevitably do, especially on social issues. Russell Kirk wrote, "Now perhaps it would be very convenient for all of us if the several great divisions of knowledge could be tucked neatly into seprate cells, never to meet. But the world does not work that way. Poltics moves upward into ethics, and ethics ascends to theology. ...There is bond between religious conviction and order in society. I trust none of us shall become political christains; but I hope that we shall not be afraid to infuse Christian faith into politics. A society which denies the heart it's role becomes, in very short order, a heartless society."