I spent a few weeks on this one

I've had this feeling that there was something missing in my understanding of the division between church and state, so I kept writing and deleting until all at once it came clear. Here's the nut of it:

Because we all believe in secularism (separation of church and state, for example), “believers” and “non-believers” are unable to meet on equal terms. The result is that “believers” acquiesce to the political arguments of “non-believers” whose positions seem clearly secular. But down inside, we feel that there is something wrong. I think I found it. There is a profound problem with our use of these words and that's were the friction originates.

I you read any of my posts on church and state, let it be this one.

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Jackson Pemberton