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Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto - these religions are generally content with advisory, propaganda roles (so to speak).

Where do you draw the line between "advisory, propaganda roles" and whatever you think Islamists do? In Tibet, the Buddhist rule was quite direct. In Confucianism, running a country (as opposed to just running your private life) is a central theme. Shintoism is a special case because today it is more a collection of rituals than an ideology, but it, too, is intractably entwined with the erstwhile ruling class. Meanwhile, Salafists could argue that Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab was just an advisor, too.

The Western separation of Church and State originated before the Enlightenment.

The Treaty of Worms wasn't a separation of church of state, quite the opposite! It was a truce in the battle between the Pope and the Holy Roman Emperor over control of the local church. But I would agree that the foundations for the separation of Church and State were laid before the Enlightement, when Catholics and Protestants fought to a standstill and created general disillusionment in the 30 Years War.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Jun 8th, 2016 at 02:12:36 AM EST
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