I’ve been a fan of BC by Johnny Hart ever since I learned to read so I hope he won’t mind if I say he’s missing a point or two here…
Hart is a fundamentalist Christian not known for subtlety, and he often puts overtly religious messages into his comics. And that’s fine with me – the market obviously supports him just as it does Howard Stern and (shudder) Ashlee Simpson. And after all these years he’s funny most of the time.
Anyway, “Church and State” seems to be a point of contention between fundamentalists and secularists (I fall into the latter camp). Challenges to entanglement of religion and government are often interpreted as attacks on religion by the faithful. The ACLU is often accused of trying to push religion out of the public square, but they aren’t. They just want the government to do what it’s supposed to do, which is keep “hands off.” It’s the church’s job, not the government’s, to promote religion.
First of all, the separation between church and state is a good thing for religion. Look at Europe where there are official state churches – very secular and getting more so every day. Religion is not taken very seriously there. Now look at the US – religious and seemingly getting more so.
Second, the separation does not prevent the practice of religion. Kids can pray in school. Stores can have all the religious expression they want. There are almost no boundaries – the government even subsidizes religion with tax exemptions! So you really don’t want the government getting any more involved. Entanglements are a “be careful what you wish for” thing.
Finally, I believe the whole point of the scripture the bird is quoting here is that it makes no difference what anybody does – it simply isn’t possible to externally destroy the relationship between a believer and Christ. Not that I believe there is such a thing but Johnny does. So chill out, Johnny. You’re covered.