From the Facebook status update of a friend. This is for the extremists of democracy~
For the record: The separation of Church and State is a constitutional provision that (1) commands the State to guarantee the free exercise of religion, (2) that no religion be given special endorsement or recognition by the State as its official religion, and (3) that all religions are allowed to exist and function, as long as these do not offend public morals or do not violate existing civil and criminal laws.
IT NEVER PROHIBITS THE CHURCH TO SPEAK PUBLICLY AND STRONGLY IN MATTERS OF ITS OWN FAITH AND MORALS.
IT NEVER STOPS THE CHURCH FROM COMMENTING ON PUBLIC ISSUES. IT NEVER PROHIBITS THE CHURCH FROM PURSUING ANY ADVOCACY FLOWING FROM ITS SOCIAL TEACHINGS.
IT NEVER PROHIBITS THE CHURCH FROM PROTECTING ITS OWN FLOCK FROM THE SELF--DESTRUCTIVE VALUES OF THE WORLD.
FINALLY, IT NEVER MAKES THE CATHOLIC PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS AND THE LAITY, AND CHURCH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS.
In making laws offensive to the doctrines of the majority religion of its citizens, IT IS THE STATE THAT VIOLATES THE SEPARATION CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION, AND NOT THE CHURCH. So help us, God!