Was reading this article at DallasNews.com (registration required) on an upcoming visit President Bush plans to make to the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship church in Texas. The Pastor of said church, Anthony T. Evans, made the following stunningly clueless statements while talking about how he wanted to encourage Bush in his faith-based initiatives:
Dr. Evans said he hopes to emphasize to the president the importance of continuing to incorporate faith in his politics.
Dr. Evans has worked with the president to promote government support for faith-based initiatives. Mr. Bush has credited the Dallas pastor with helping to inspire the idea of using federal dollars to fund faith-based programs.
“It’s one of the most important initiatives our country has ever had,” Dr. Evans said. “We do believe in a separation of church and state. We don’t believe in the separation of God and government.”
OK, someone please explain to me the difference. Clearly the good Pastor’s congregation seems unable to tell the difference as is evidenced by the following:
Church member Michael Johnson said the congregation hopes to convey a message to the president about the importance of integrating faith into the community.
“We want to put God back into our schools,” he said.
Your God never left the schools, he’s just no longer getting preferential treatment over everyone else’s Gods. Which is what this congregation member is actually saying he wants, the government to promote his God over all others. So how is that not a violation of the separation of Church and State?