#5. Religion And The State
There is an implied separation of church and state asserted in the U.S. Constitution, stating that Congress make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. When approaching this as a “cultural preference”, it is important to note that although recent polls show that most Americans identify themselves as Christian, it is fortunate that we do not have a true democracy where a majority will rule. We have a republic form of government, a constitutionally limited government with limited voting through elected representatives. In that way we check the power of any fickle tyrannical majority.
However, Republicans are losing an active voting base of those who identify with the founder’s intention of a constitutional, limited government and have no religious affiliation. Researcher David Kinnaman refers to this group as “the unchurched, the never-churched and the skeptics”.
Since the decade of Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition and its infiltration into the GOP, times have since changed and more people have grown weary of the blurred lines between the state and religion-particularly as secularism swells to a near 38% of the population, according to Kinnaman’s research.