A study in American religion. Religious institutions have remained distinct from government institutions. Our French travelers are amazed at the cross-denominational preaching in a prison from pastors of different faiths to the inmates each week. It works because they stick to general morality, and not teaching dogmas of the faith to far.
Sunday is noted as different from the week when even New York city streets are silent. Men on the street ensure that carriages aren’t permitted to drive past a church, and disturb worship. To be well received in society, a declaration of belonging to a church is vital. Worship is more from habit than convictions. With the abundant choices of religions, every one has the right to choose a creed, and mode of worship for themselves.
An extreme tolerance in religion is noted. Or is it an attitude of indifference? A priest shares the power in religion is to stay out of seeking political power, and seeking liberty and equality. A protestant minister shares that he feels there’s no conflict or pressure with government. Judges in court even declare that it is unheard of for people not to believe in God, and that religious teaching is the basis for good laws, and testimony.
Separation of church and state doesn’t mean to take God out of daily life. What do politicians say? Men in high position, or talent may not express their faith, but hold that religion is on the side of democracy.
Religion Takes no part in government, but is regarded as the first political institution.