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It’s virtually a bromide that “America is a religious country.” Anyone who doubts that has by no means celebrated Thanksgiving! 

While it’s true that Americans appear to be drifting away from organized faith, faith still stays robust and almost common. The thermometer approaches 98.6 on the subject of the proportion of people who consider in God, in His windfall, and in everlasting life with Him. 

WHEN YOU PRAY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WORRY LESS AND THANK JESUS MORE

Exhibit A is Thanksgiving. Even the crustiest “secularist,” who might by no means have been inside a church, bows his head, closes her eyes and whispers a phrase of gratitude to the Lord on this vacation. No different nation on the planet has such a conventional, hallowed, treasured ritual of reward as we do on Thanksgiving. Poll after ballot reveals it to be our hottest vacation. (That phrase itself comes from “holy day.”) 

Now, I convey this up as a result of scorn of faith is on the rise on the so-called excessive ranges of tradition – media, academia, authorities and leisure. For them, faith is at finest a superstition relied upon by weak, unenlightened people, at worst a poisonous, corrupt, divisive pressure in a progressive society. 

I fear about this, certain, as a result of I’m a pastor, but in addition as a result of I’m an American. Our Founders, to a particular person, thought-about faith important for the republic, and agreed with the daddy of our nation that this grand experiment in democracy couldn’t survive until constructed upon a basis of perception. 

Even the crustiest ‘secularist,’ who may never have been inside a church, bows his head, closes her eyes and whispers a word of gratitude to the Lord on Thanksgiving.

Through most of our history, culture has viewed religion in a benevolent way, something to be celebrated and promoted. As President Dwight Eisenhower remarked, “Everybody should have a religion, and I don’t care which one it’s.” 

We residents are shrewd in recognizing that our legal guidelines and insurance policies ought to be impartial on the subject of faith. The “separation of church and state” has been helpful for each. 

Timothy Dolan, former president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is the cardinal archbishop of New York.

Timothy Dolan, former president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is the cardinal archbishop of New York.

My apprehension is that now we’ve moved from a benign or impartial view of faith to at least one downright antagonistic. It appears stylish now to exclude people of perception from anyplace within the public sq.. Our faith, we’re advised, is one thing that we are able to apply inside our respective homes of worship, however we musn’t dare try to put it into apply out in “the real world.”