I'm not an American, but isn't there something in your constitution about "one nation, under God"?
A common misconception, one that is unfortunately prevalent among my fellow citizens as well. "One nation, under God," is found not in our Constitution but in the Pledge of Allegiance- and wasn't to be found even there until 1954, as a propaganda tool against the godless commies.
quote]I'd be interested in a more detailed discussion of how the origins of your govt was deliberately secular, and what specifically concerns you about a Christian influence in govt ( I assume nobody over there is promoting a return to levitican law?).
You're probably in for an unpleasant surprise. There is a very vocal, well-financed minority of Christian literalists in the USA who want just that, or at least their version of it. I'll create a thread in the "Religion and Society" subforum; look forward to seeing you there.
In a democracy, isn't the idea that elected officials govern the country according to the ideals of the majority of the population? Maybe I'm just naive...
In a representative democracy, that's the basic idea, yes. The founders of the USA were concerned, among other things, with the protection of minorities
as well as the majority. That in part is why there is (in theory) a clear separation of political power from religious power in our government.
Wow, so you Americans might soon be stoned for various offences...that'll be interesting.
Let me re-phrase the question: in theory, if political officials with Christian ideals and plans to introduce same into legislation or education are given power, that means they have the support of the majority of the population. How can that concern somebody who belives in democracy ( I'm assuming you do )