How pernicious it is both for religion and the state to allow ministers of things sacred to acquire the right to make decrees or handle the business of government.
Gist of Idea
Allows religious ministers any control of the state is bad for both parties
Baruch de Spinoza (Tractatus Theologico-Politicus , 18.06 (1))
Interesting that he holds it to be bad for the religion as well as the state. In Britain we have bishops in the House of Lords.
Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Theological-Political Treatise', ed/tr. Israel,Jonathan [CUP 2007], p.234