Custador over at Unreasonable Faith recently brought up a very interesting point about religion in public policy that I’d never noticed before.
It seems sometimes that the US and the UK, despite many cultural similarities [read: We’re adopting big chunks of yours] have the exact opposite system of government when it comes to religion. To clarify: Ours is filled with pomp, tradition and religious ceremony and is even headed by the titular head of the Church of England – but in actual fact, religion has very little influence over us. We largely ignore it. On the other hand, the USA is explicitly secular by law, and yet you can’t seem to keep religion out of US politics with a crowbar.
It’s an intriguing observation. I can’t help but wonder if the two are related. Is it possible that a governing body’s explicit stance on religion has some effect on the policies that tend to be passed by that government?
Probably not. It’s a damn good question, though. Definitely worth exploring further.
It’s precisely the reason why I constantly fluctuate between being proud of my status as an American citizen and embarrassed at how stuck-in-the-Bronze-Age we must seem to be.