I detest every kind of religious compulsion: only the other day I was writing an angry letter to The Spectator about Church Parades in the Home Guard!
I vaguely recall Lewis refering to this elsewhere - I think his complaint was that it made hypocrites out of those who did not normally attend church, and kept those that did from attending their own respective churches. Also there are his comments to the effect that a theocrat would be far worse than a secular tyrant because, while the dictator might sometimes relent through a bout of conscience or mere whim, the theocrat would never neglect to enforce their tyranny because he views it as the will of god.
Does anyone know of any other comments Lewis made regarding church and state?
And do you have an opinion as to whether this view on the Home Guard was
a) on theological grounds,
b) because it kept him away from his church, or
c) because of experiences he might have had while he was an atheist?
I rather suspect it might have been a, given emphasis by b and c.
quick caveat: I do not intend here to start a debate on the separation of church and state; only to investigate Lewis' views on the matter.