At the very heart of the creation of the United States of America is the notion that there should be separation of church and state. It was a concept that was designed to PROTECT Christianity, rather than to destroy it. In the Revolutionary era the lessons of history convinced Americans that the Christian religion would be better secured by separating church from the state. By denying or forgetting the Christian foots of the separation of church and state, Americans risk rejecting one of the great foundations of both American liberty and American Christianity.
As of 2014, there are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. That number is expected to grow to 2.2 billion by 2030. Islam, the religion practiced by Muslims, is the second-largest religion in the world. Christians are currently the majority religion in America. However those numbers are changing. By 2050 Islam will be America’s second-largest religion. Christians will decline from 75% of US population to just two thirds by 2050. It is predicted Muslims will outnumber Christians in the world by 2070.
By mid-century, North America’s Muslim population is expected to be larger than its Jewish population (10 million Muslims vs. about 6 million Jews). While the absolute number of Christians in North America is projected to rise in the decades ahead, the Christian share of the region’s population is expected to decrease from 77% in 2010 to 66% in 2050. That decline correlates with an increase in the unaffiliated share of North America’s population, from 17% in 2010 to 26% in 2050.
Donald Trump recently told religious leaders he wants to “totally destroy” a 1954 U.S. law barring churches and other religious institutions from religious activity if they want to keep tax-exempt status.
Trump is signaling his intention to begin abolishing the fundamental principle of America, the separation of church and state. Many Christians may perceive this to be a good thing as they believe theirs is the one true religion. However every religious group believes that theirs is the “correct” belief. The notion of separation of church and state protects the minority views and religions. One day Christians will inevitably be the minority religion in the US and around the world. If the notion of separation of church and state is eliminated now by Christians, it will be easy for Muslims or any other religion to believe that they should control the religious affiliation of all citizens. Especially because the Koran indicates that unbelievers should be killed, there is every reason to insist on separation of church and state…always.
The construction of a wall Trump should be advocating is not along our southern border, but between church and state.