How many times have you encountered that person who proclaims, "Religion has no business in government."? I have encountered them far too much for my tastes. They profess such nonsense, which is oblivious to them. Faith, we are told, is an entirely relative/subjective/personal view which has no objective or transcendental character. Thus the imposition upon society at-large of theological views is to demand others adhere to a self-adopted theological or even moral, system which is only correct for you. Politics then should be entirely separate from morality which derives from theology.
This is entirely impossible for many reasons. The most obvious of course is that society needs a common moral bond to hold itself together, to determine what is right and wrong, how to fairly compensate an injustice, and from where these decisions derive their objective legitimacy. Civilized society itself needs a hard surface upon which it may arise. That hard surface is a shared morality derived from theology. Yet others propose we construct our society upon a bed of loose sand, for that will surely hold a society together.
From where do we derive our morality? Perhaps you may listen to the knaves when they exclaim that morality is the cobbling together of personal affections, sentiments, and ideas a person, and only a person, consciously approve of. Reason and logic are to form our morality is basically what they mean. Yet, simultaneously, reason and logic are entirely relative in this respect. What one affirms is not necessarily correct; it however has derived from the application of logical reasoning on the individual's part. This is, once again, a horrible assertion. Reason and logic operate, logically, only when applied to determine an objective conclusion. I am not stating that reason and logic are wrong or should never be applied for they are positives so long as administered in properly designated sections of life.
Morality in fact is derived from the transcendent; it is reinforced through observation of divinely sanctioned natural law. God has constructed the world in a proper order, this order we are only to discover and then live by appropriately. It may be discovered through analysis of the world, but this form is incredibly difficult and the full realization of natural law has only been achieved this way by a few bright philosophical minds, yet even then large parts were absent. The other way is through revelation. Natural law is revealed to us by God through his worldly messengers. From that point it is our responsibility to both observe its truth through the workings of the world and adjust our morals to live in continual approval of this truth.
So how is it that religion is to be stripped from politics when politics is the expression of ethics and morality? Those who demand faith be stripped from politics do not mean all faith, only our faith. Theirs shall persist; it shall pervade all political discourse and intrude upon our understanding of the world. Do not be fooled for a second. Secularism is not a removal of faith from politics; it is the replacement of our Christian faith with the Secular creed. Secularism is a rival system of faith divorced from our Christian faith and challenges us for dominance. Just because their faith lacks a sense of the transcendent, churches, and so on, does not make it any less of a faith. It is a faith insofar as it erects a system of accumulated philosophical tenets expressing a complex understanding of the world.
One particularly important issue to note is the difference between politics preceding faith and faith preceding politics. Most equate a person's faith with their politics, which is actually quite true. But they do not adequately analyze whether this faith precedes their politics or whether the politics precedes their faith. Faith however always precedes politics, whether or not we fully acknowledge this reality is not of issue at the moment. A person is a political Reactionary because he is, ipso facto, a reactionary in his Faith. This is why there does exist a tangible "Right" and "Left". On the Right, and by Right I mean the 7 types of Reactionary, we find the religiously devout, theologically disciplined, and for the few irreligious ones among our ranks, a philosophical affirmation of our general worldview, except it is more hollow than hallow.
The next time a person argues that morality, ordinarily attacked as religion, arising from faith, should be removed from public discourse, remember that they are adhering to a faith as well. They are in fact attempting to coax you into surrendering from the battle. Would you surrender if Islam was being preached the same way secularism and all its particular ideas are? If not, then why would you surrender to an, at best, equally sinister plot to overthrow your civilization and route out your faith?
**Faith here is meant to be separate from, yet intrinsically attached to religion. Faith being our understanding of the world around us and religion being a particular creed which informs our world view.**