In the United States, where our Founding Fathers hoped to establish a society free from religious coercion, we have done just the opposite. "People of faith" in the U.S. almost always assume we are talking about Christianity. And those most steadfast in their opinions are often far, far away from the intent of Jefferson and Franklin. Christianity in the U.S. is an odd mixture of greed-capitalism, narrow evangelism, judgmentalism, anti-intellectual, anti-science, and not at all reflective of the word they love to throw around, freedom. So, out of this cave-dweller mentality have evolved many selfish things, many that would seem to be abhorent to the Jesus who preached peace.
Militarism. This has been monied fuel for the industrialists and the politicans they have purchased. As a Republican President, Dwight Eisenhower, warned us: beware of the over-reaching influence of the military-industrial complex in the U.S. This complex has drained trillions of dollars out of the American economy and sent us on military adventures that have led to our embarrassment and enemy-making in the world. Each of our recent wars have turned more people against us than has garnered us friends. Yet the money keeps rolling in. Added to this has been the military-industrial control of American media. Much of today's major media is not owned by media people, it is owned by some huge corporate octopus that his its tentacles in all sorts of military equipment and service. And many of these military-industrialists and their puppet politicians make certain to parade themselves as sincere religious people. Gag.
In the land of the free, what do you think would be the chances for election to the presidency of a Moslem, Jew, atheist, Buddhist, or anything other than corporate Christian? John Kennedy was a "dangerous" Catholic and almost had to smear the Vatican to be elected. What do you think the chances would be for a compassionate and honest atheist? As a matter of fact, what do you think the chances would be for anyone to be President of the U.S. who was truly compassionate and honest?