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I'll start off with a great video clip from President Obama saying what should have been said a long time ago...
It was the Treaty of Tripoli that officially established that America was never intended to be a Christian Nation. And it was a treaty that was originally ratified by the Senate without objection. Unfortunately not long after that, religious extremists forced the Senate to reconsider that ratification and adopted a new treaty which removed that simple declaration.
It's a message that gets lost in a sea of evangelical self-righteousness spewing from ministers and moralists and parents groups one and all, seeking to validate their beliefs through government. They search for that ultimate endorsement, the great big rubber stamp that says that their beliefs are THE beliefs. It's the dysfunctional quest that has plagued mankind for countless centuries.
Turn on Showtime and watch "The Tudors" if you don't believe me! The Reformation under King Henry VIII was more than just about a pissing contest between a king and a pope! It was a power struggle for supremacy over the masses. The unmentioned and unforgivable sins of those days, committed by layman and clergy alike, are still being visited in the here and now. They're renewed by every self-righteous minister that waves the false flag of a "Christian America", and by every pompous jackass that looked at that clip of President Obama and screamed obscenities because it DARED to defy their personal dogma. They ARE no different than the pompous asses of Henry VIII and his myrmidons.
The Reformation is just one of many reasons WHY America NEEDS to keep church and state separate, because TRUE religious freedom cannot happen as long as one faith or general belief is favored by government.
And the truly devout, the ones that are confident in their faith and truly believe they are on the right path, do not need outside endorsements to validate their beliefs. It's only the dysfunctional that cling to that need for absolute validation.