"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." -John Adams
I will freely admit that I have not read this book in it's entirety, however, I would like to note that the author presumes that the U.S. Constitution has a clause of 'Seperation of Church & State'. If he, or any of you, have ever read the Constitution, you will find no such clause, article, or amendment alluding to any addressing such. The very Declaration of Independence states:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable [God-given] Rights..."
I will continue to read the book, but with a pound of salt. If the premise to the chapter in the author's book on the U.S. is already faulty, then I will be more alert to be sure the premises on each chapter for other countries are not equally as faulty.
In the Bill of Rights of the U.S. it states:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."
So whether other cultures or countries try to inhibit, infringe or even ban peoples religious beliefs. It was that very notion which led these people to find another land so they could practice their faith freely. To live it without limitation or fear of prosecution. If anyone knows anything about U.S. history they would know by trying to do those things in this country would be undermining one of the pillars the U.S. was based upon. This goes along with "Freedom of speech". If someone does not like what you have to say you do not have to fear any kind of retribution by others...you are protected. So you can proclaim your faith in public and out loud. If you do not agree with a person's faith. It's simple. You walk away. Because if one tries to take their freedom, what's to stop them from taking yours? Thing long term people, not just on the immediate consequences.