Hey SOV2 community. I wanted to let you know that Todd and I are squared away and not to worry about us being a scandal to the church anymore because we're now really cool about everything. In fact credit really goes to Keith who is going to lead a new funk rock group before 10:30 mass. Since I play the tabourine I was going to help out (if it's okay with Todd, which I'm sure it is). Make sure you bring ear plugs because it's going to be LOUD and SPIRITED!
Anyway I also wanted to share a thought which we've been mulling over in the SJM about church and state and how that's a really dumb idea. I mean it might have sounded good on paper about 200 years ago but it doesn't make any sense for people today.
The idea of separation of church and state goes back to Thomas Jefferson, I think, who believed that god was like a big ticking clock. Well we all know that god is really just a liberating spirit. What the spirit liberates it sanctifies and what it sanctifies it redeems and what it redeems it liberates! So Thomas Jefferson, who was also our third president and lived in Monticello, had it wrong! The church is us (right?!) and the state is us (right?!) so how can we separate the church from the state? It makes no sense at all! And just as the spirit is distributed among all of us in the same way and all at once, so it is for the state. Since the state and the church have the same mandate its obvious that they must have complimentary missions (by complimentary I don't mean they are always saying nice things about each other but that their two missions kind of fit together like an ostrich feather and crimson suede).
The power of the state comes from a mandate from the people. But by that I don't mean everyone. I mean the disenfranchised people because they are the ones that actually support the state, but not the rich kids who play polo and lacrosse and go to Cancun and exploit all the time. And so the people who actually represent the people, I mean the people who connect with the people and care about the people, they're the ones who really should control both the church and the state.
So let's ask ourselves: is it really the people who control the church? Yes it is the people because the people are the church. They just aren't awake to this yet. So the people in the form of the state have to exert their mandated authority to fulfill their mission and impose the people's will on the church which is themselves. If I was president the first thing I would do, right after disbanding the nuclear arsenal and freeing all political prisoners, and putting all the CIA people on war crimes trials, would be to repeal the first ammendment! That way the church would be subject to the same laws as everybody else.