I haven't read the other responses, so this may be redundant. However, my thought has been that America was founded on a duality, leaving room to hedge all bets. For instance: the mythological first settlers are referred to as "seeking religious freedom." Well, they sought freedom for themselves, but could not tolerate other religions, e.g Quakerism. Firther, they were in addition to seeking freedom to espose thier religious point of view, seeking political freedom from Western European governments intrinsically tied to religiosity.
Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers agreed to write the Declaration of Independence to include that ". . .all me are created equal...," etc. But that was not what they meant. Only white, landowning men were enfranchised in the polictal experiement.
If one accepts Christainity in its best sense, a capitalist society could not exist. So, at the end of the day, I would have to consider that the only way to keep the duality going is to keep religion out of a democracy based on a capitist economic system. But, having said all that, I thin world religions should be taught in every school in the U.S. as a way to help students interrogate basic tenants of both governments and philosophy-especially Nietzsche.
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