Church and state

Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Recently, Lt. Gov. Leman announced that our president and governor have made the "faith community" a partner in "meeting the needs of people." Usually one for the quaint notion of separation of church and state, I find this idea quite compelling.

We can finally reduce the intrusiveness and ineffectiveness of government by giving the "faith community" responsibilities traditionally the domain of the government.

The first obvious choice is to disperse the ineffective Division of Family and Youth Services. Placing our abused children squarely in the able hands of the Boston Archdiocese.

Who is better suited to monitoring the safety and promoting peace in our airports than Hari Krishnas? Let us dispense with the National Guard and arm the Buddhists. Branch Davidians would do a great job administering the Department of Public Safety. The Judiciary, Department of Law, and Department of Corrections can be completely eliminated, because "Judge not, lest ye be judged", sayeth someone important.

Finally, if that does not remedy the budget shortfall, we can have Oral Roberts barter his life for cash on national TV.

Brian Lieb


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