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I negate the resolution. Resolved: A democracy ought to require the separation of church and state. I offer the following definitions. 1. Democracy: The belief in freedom and equality between people, or a system of government based on this belief, in which power is either held by elected representatives or directly by the people themselves. (Cambridge Dictionary) 2. Ought: Used to indicate duty or correctness, typically when criticizing someone’s actions (Oxford Dictionaries). 3. Require: To claim or ask for by right and authority (Merriam Webster). 4. Separation of Church & State: The idea that the government cannot participate in the affairs of a religious group, set up a church, aid or prefer one religion over another, or aid or prefer religion over nonreligion (Cornell Law School). I negate the resolution to achieve the value of societal welfare. Societal welfare is generally defined as “the well-being of the society as a whole.” The basis of a democracy aims at achieving the best for a society; and, thus, if societal welfare is achieved then the separation of church and state is shown to function in a democracy. Therefore, societal welfare is a fitting value to evaluate the resolution. The criterion to achieve my value is maximizing religious freedom. Merriam-Webster defines religious freedom as “the right to choose what religion or nonreligion to follow and to worship without interference.” Religious freedom for the society as a whole is the best one can do to attain the value of societal welfare since they are inherently connected. Contention 1: Religion creates and maintains the foundation for democratic society. Holloway ’16 [Dr. Carson Holloway, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University in 1998. In 2005-2006 he was the William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.]
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