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Why the church agree to separate from the state?

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2007-06-25 16:44:00

For the U.S., the edict that Congress would make no law

establishing a [state] religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise

of religion, was written into the Bill of Rights. Many people had

emigrated here to avoid persecution at home for their religious

practices — especially not accepting the beliefs of the

Church of England — and they wanted to be certain that

that freedom continued. Examples would be the Puritans, Quakers and

others who came later. For the USSR, their Constitution explicitly

stated that the church would be separate from the state, and the

school system from the church. There's no indication that any

churches agreed to this or not; it was forced upon them.


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