Separation of State and Church does it still stand?

@jamed28 (1909)
Philippines
July 4, 2010 10:45pm CST
In my country, the Philippines, we have a history of being govern by a government wherein Church is one of its primary adviser. This is on the 15th upto 18th century when the Philippines was a colony of Spain. With this type of government we had produce heroes that offenses not only the government but also the church. So after the Spanish colonization, we decided to separate government from church. But do you still believe that this separation still stand in this country? Now that population growth have been one of the main problem of this country. The state and the church may have a different views with this issue, but some of our leaders are afraid to stand against the church, since they may lose supports if an election is to held. So what do you think?
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@sweechi (157)
• Philippines
5 Jul 10
hi, im also from the Philippines. From our history we can see that it is hard to seperate our government from the church. Even in elections, whomever the church wants to be the leader, alot of people will follow it. But i still think this should not be the case. A government should and can stand alot against all even the church. Even if philippines is a catholic country, there should be a border with it. A leader can be guided with his christian nature in the way that he lead through the virtues instilled into each and everyone of us but it should be just only up to that point. I sometimes believe that if you just depend on the church then that leader or the government has a no backbone. the government and the church are two seperate entities. The government should stand alone and the church should just focus on instilling christian values and morals to the people. Eeven if they oppose the views of the government, they should still respect since the government knows what is actually best for our country.(as long as we choose the right people in place)
• United States
5 Jul 10
See and that is it, the church has a government of it's own and if there is no separation then you have one big church rather than an independant government.
• Philippines
5 Jul 10
I think this is the right time that we uphold the constitution, where it clearly states that the state is separate from the Church. I think we have mostly based our laws on religion, but this should not be, like in the case of the population. Poverty is extremely rampant, yet the church is saying that the state should not teach artificial ways of family planning. I don't think they should have a say in that, they could teach that to their constituents in the church, but they should not dictate what the state should and should not do.
@magtibaygom (4865)
• Philippines
5 Jul 10
The force advocating the separation of Church and State is weakening in this country. The Catholic Church is so clever, they are now merging Church and State in a very subtle and clever way. Soon, we will see the State as handcuffed again by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is unequaled in wealth and power. And remember, we now have a new Golden Rule. It's no longer "Do unto others as you would want others to do unto you..." It's now "He who has the Gold makes the rules". With its wealth and influence, it's so powerful they can "place and remove" kings and queens. They can effect change in the government, and in the world we live in.