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View Diary: What Is Liberalism?--Part 3: Liberty of Conscience (4 comments)

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  •  Church & State Elsewhere (none)
    Does this indicate that the first move toward democracy and liberalsim needs to be a move away from a union of church and state?  The religious motivation of many voters in Iraq is what worries me most long term about democracy surviving there.

    "It's extremely difficult to govern when you control all three branches of government." ~~John Feehery, spokesman for Dennis Hastert~~

    by LoganFerree on Wed Feb 09, 2005 at 12:53:27 PM PST

    •  Church & State In Iraq (none)
      Iraq had a history of popular secular governemnt before Saddam. It remains to be seen whether this tradition can reassert itself. But I agree that the prospects are not looking so good right now.

      The most encouraging information we have on that front is the widespread opposition to Church-state unity in Iran.  While people will accept a much closer union than in the West, they definitely don't want what they have now.

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