The Senate votes to approve Ben Carson and Jeff Sessions for their designated positions into the new presidential cabinet are slated to take place early tomorrow morning (Tues., Jan. 24). The two nominees have expressed viewpoints that oppose the fundamental idea that religion and government should stay separate.
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Carson, President Trump's pick to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has publicly denounced the notion of separation of church and state. During the Iowa caucuses, Carson gave a telling response to Justin Scott, an FFRF member from Iowa who asked state/church questions of the presidential candidates during the lead-up to the Iowa caucuses.
"Fortunately, our Constitution, the supreme law of the land, was designed by men of faith, and it has a Judeo-Christian foundation. Therefore, there is no conflict there. So it is not a problem," Carson told Scott.
If approved by the Senate, Sessions will be the next U.S. attorney general. Sessions has called church/state separation an "extraconstitutional doctrine." This theocratic viewpoint resulted in his key role in keeping a 29-foot cross on public display in southern California. He also sponsored a resolution encouraging the display of the Ten Commandments at government facilities.
It is a cornerstone in the structure of American government that church and state remain separate for democracy to succeed. The beliefs expressed by Carson and Sessions discard this principle and threaten to entangle the government with Christianity. This should disqualify them from positions in the executive cabinet.
Contrary to what Sessions and Carson believe, it is essential to the goal of the U.S. Constitution that faith and public law do not influence one another. The Constitution -- "the supreme law of the land," according to Carson -- has a purely secular foundation. It was designed by framers who understood democracy could not exist if the government were run in the way Sessions and Carson have advocated for.
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