Though the First Amendment has established what is commonly referred to as the separation of church & state, the state nevertheless promotes its own brand of civic religion—a religion which is fundamentally incompatible with the Christian faith.
American civic religion features a nationalistic deity: “And the God of public religion is sometimes spoken of as a God bound to the American nation, in Jefferson’s words, “As Israel of old.” While religion has been recognized as playing an essential function with respect to the welfare of the state (serving as the “glue” of society), the Founding Fathers were very careful to avoid defining this religion or its god too specifically. Jon Meacham writes,
“In the public business of the nation, however,
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