Whatever happened to...
There is a gray line within the next two quotes, yet both sides will argue that their is a distinct line closer to their position. E.g there's a faction who are very adamant about separation of church and state and cringe at these sentiments, and there's another faction sensitive to perceived attacks on Christianity. Both come from a truly American point of view, at least constitutionally, yet the difference arises over how exactly religion fits in the public square.
"People are interested to know why I picked Harriet Miers," Mr. Bush said. "They want to know Harriet Miers's background. They want to know as much as they possibly can before they form opinions.
"Part of Harriet Miers's life is her religion," Mr. Bush went on, in remarks that may be revived during Ms. Miers's confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee several weeks from now. "Part of it has to do with the fact that she was a pioneer woman and a trailblazer in the law in Texas." (Article)
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States. (Article VI, Clause 3)
Honestly, I see both sides. I don't know the answer, yet many passionately believe their answer is right - naturally devolving into debates and arguments where we talk past each other, both perceived as "anti-Christian" and "anti-American" - yet both are wholly Christian and American. The crux is how Christianity intermingles with our country - thus the debate is fought in churches and in courtrooms alike... every day the issues become more complicated, more emotional, and more towards a vindictive "my side is going to win no matter what" attitude, which only serves to embolden the both sides.
I went to a lecture by Dr. Bill Leonard last night at BTSR - he asked something to the effect of 'how long will it be until people go to jail over this fight?'. The battles are fought on many fronts, covertly and openly, affecting all Americans and Christians in ways we all may not understand for years.