The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states the separation of Church and state:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Also, many important Funding Fathers supported the separation of Church and state (Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, John Adams).
However, from an outsider perspective, it seems religion is very pervasive in the US politics. For instance, "Most presidents have been sworn in with a Bible, and they traditionally seal their oath of office with the phrase “so help me God.” (https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2022/07/05/10-facts-about-religion-and-government-in-the-united-states/)
In France, the separation of Church and state (“la laïcité”) is a HUUGE thing. IMO, it is one of the most fundamental value of modern France, and it is implemented with quite a lot of rigor (see the last debates on the strict interdiction of abaya in schools).
I would like to know what Americans, so especially fellow humanist Americans here, think about our French very rigorous separation of Church and state, whether they would like the same implemented in the US, etc.
Apparently, there is no separation of state and Church in the UK. https://www.pourquoilalaicite.fr/grande-bretagne
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