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The ideal relationship between church and state would be ...

The Catholic model (Catholic Charities, hospitals). It has worked effectively without organizations losing their Catholic identity. The Second Vatican Council set the church on a course of engagement with the world. We should not turn back.

Steve Rail

Lansing, Mich.

State protection of the right of all Americans to freedom of religious expression and to worship as they chose, from Roman Catholics to Wiccans.

S.E. Weigert

Mundelein, Ill.

Government should support churches but not dictate what they can do.

Maureen Balyeat Great Falls, Mont.

Separation, but the opinions and votes of elected officials might reflect their religious ethics. One should be able to vote his or her conscience.

Pauline Jackson Astoria, N.Y.

To acknowledge that they work together every day--always have and always will.

Maria Neddersen

Hartland, Wis.

A creative tension. The state needs to be reminded that there are other priorities. The church has to realize that the state has a legitimate function and should be allowed to do its job.

Name withheld

New York, N.Y.

Religion should be included in all government functions. The Constitution only forbids the government from establishing a state religion (though they already have: atheism).

Geneva Stich

Chanute, Kan.

The best thing religion does for society as a whole is that it ...

Makes us look at how we treat others, no matter what our faith tradition is.

Nancy Thomas

Walled Lake, Mich.

Fills a void that society cannot get from any other institution. It brings morals, beliefs, and holiness to people.

Name withheld

Rochester, N.Y.

"Religion serves as a reminder that we' re all in this together."

Establishes moral principles for lawmakers and judges to use.

Name withheld

Waite Park, Minn.

Operates educational institutions and hospitals, and meets the needs of the poor.

Mary Adler

Omaha, Neb.

Gives us peace of mind in a crazy world.

Henry Magana Jr.

San Ysidro, Calif.

Gives old cranky people something to do.

Johnny Vo

Garden Grove, Calif.

Serves as a reminder that we're all in this together.

W.W. O'Bryan

Helper, Kan.

The church-state relationship that makes me most uncomfortable is ...

Public officials being sworn in to office on a Bible. Why not on the Constitution?

Ryan Eickholt

Toledo, Ohio

When I hear people insist that this is a Christian country. I don't believe it is or should be. This country should welcome people of all religions or no religion.

Kayrene Anderson

Lisle, HI.

The president or other public officials expressing their religious beliefs and especially saying "God bless America" in public statements.

Name withheld

Missoula, Mont.

Overtly Christian prayer at public gatherings, and government funding that restricts the faith expression of the recipient organization.

Cindy Brauer

Temecula, Calif.

The church-versus-state struggle about health care and human reproduction.

Helen Stephens Dublin, Texas

The teaching of creation alongside evolution in public schools. I believe we are living in a created universe, but I do not think a science teacher should have to teach religious views at a public school. ! prefer to keep catechesis in the hands of parents and the parish. …

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