The New Message from God affirms the separation of church and state and the underlying principle that religion when coercive kills spirit, rather than igniting Knowledge.
Religion should never govern. It should only encourage, inspire and advise.—Muhammad and the New Message from God (July 19, 2014)
Church and state have separate functions and aims. The state has a role enforcing cultural norms that the church can only influence but never aim to coerce. The state responds to collective concern, the church (mosque, synagogue, temple, store-front gathering) gathers individuals around a collective concern. These co-existent concerns evolve along different frames of reference, one mundane, the other non-material.
The state must impose limitations and will have to restrain certain kinds of behavior, even leading to incarceration, but religion does not do this and must not do this. –Religion and Politics (October 11, 2008)
Religion is there to free the spirit. Politics is there to guide actions and to restrain certain kinds of behavior…Let religion speak to the deeper conscience of people and support them taking the steps to Knowledge, and let politics deal with running the machinery of civilization. –Religion and Politics (October 11, 2008)
Religion has been an influence for good on human notions of governance.
“Certainly religion today is extremely important in its ethical teachings and in maintaining and providing a pathway to experience the Divine nature of each and what that Divine nature asks of each person. But religion has fallen, in so many places, under the domination of the state and in some cases even united with the state. That cannot be. That is essentially unhealthy.”The Age of Women
The New Message from God addresses the inherent misuse of religion when co-opted for political manipulation. Religion fused with politics becomes a tool for manipulation of the religious impulse, a tool of separation instead of joining.
In no case should the state and religion be the same. That has proven to be disastrous in history. The great casualty of attempting to join those two is religion itself, which becomes a tool of the state, which becomes used as a form of manipulation and persuasion, of self-righteousness and condemnation of others.—The Age of Women (Nov. 14, 2007)
The spirit of religion becomes lost when it is united with commercial and practical needs exclusively. Its ethical foundation erodes away; its spiritual emphasis erodes away; it becomes formalized, rigid, governed by rules and regulations; it becomes constrained by the governance of the state, of political powers, economic power; and the life goes out of it. It becomes stale and static and oppressive as a result. — Religion and Politics (October 11, 2008)
The extent of the distortion is profound and has existed throughout human history but is still unbelievable.
“Religion must be free of the state, must be free of politics, which will only taint and corrupt it to the point where those who claim to be holy men will call for the execution of people.” –The New Message on Religion, (July 20, 2009)
The state is a geographically imposed unity that has in the past called for force to maintain. Religion must never coerce and fails as religion if it becomes a tool of the state.
When religion is wedded with politics, religion becomes politics—all of its deceptions, its compromises, its limitations. It ceases to be a pathway to Knowledge and becomes like a yoke to harness people’s intelligence and abilities in service to the state. On an institutional basis, religion has become so corrupt that it now punishes people for their errors, even executes people for their errors. It acts like a state. It has become political in nature. Religion and Politics (October 11, 2008)
The New Message from God offers a prism through which to view the religious traditions of the world. The New Message Wiki is a great place to begin reading what the New Message says about
The New Message from God opens a unique opportunity to witness religion before it becomes co-opted by politics. This window of opportunity comes at a unique time in human history,
A New Message from God … before it is adulterated, corrupted and wed with other things by people and turned into a political tool or used by religious institutions to establish their power and their dominance..The Great Waves of Change Chapter 12: Your Purpose and Destiny in a Changing World
We advocate a spirituality that is taught in the Greater Community, not the spirituality that is governed by nations, governments or political alliances, but a natural spirituality – the ability to know, to see and to act.The Allies of Humanity Book One, First Briefing: The Extraterrestrial Presence in the World Today]
Ed.: I do know what “unique” means.