Separation of state liberating for religion, too | Features | The Australian
The separation of the state from religion liberates both. It preserves freedom for religion. It liberates the church from the baggage of unpopular and difficult political decision-making. It liberates the state from the religious dogma that, at times, has held back scientific progress. There are some countries today that still have established state churches. But there are no countries in the modern world that claim to be Christian theocratic states.
Edited extract from a speech delivered by federal Treasurer Peter Costello to the Australian Christian Lobby’s national conference in Canberra.