Thursday, August 12, 2004

States Establishing Religion

With thanks to the Archpundit for pointing me to this link, in an interview with the SBC Baptist Press, Keyes acknowledged the direction in which a state (or community) established religion could go:

With such a constitutional interpretation, Keyes acknowledged, Catholicism likely would dominate in the Northeast and Protestantism down South. With a growing Muslim population, a state could even have state-sanctioned Islamic symbols and schools."

I don't think it would be likely, but it would be possible," Keyes told Baptist Press.

I guess I'll give Keyes points for consistency, but beyond the academic argument, didn't a little thing called the Taliban illustrate the practical problems with a state-established religion? Is the distinction between a state in the United States different from a country, even if Afghanistan is smaller than Texas?