"You have undoubtedly heard the idea that the primary things that determine which religion someone subscribes to include (1) where they live and (2) the religion of their parents. We tend to accept the role of these factors in explaining why one person might be a Christian and another a Muslim. We know there are exceptions, but we understand that someone raised in a Muslim country by Muslim parents to be a Muslim is more likely to be a Muslim than a Christian. Perhaps we should also consider these factors as candidates for why many people are religious in the first place."
"And just in case anyone forgets that this nation was, as the Christmas warriors over at Fox are constantly pointing out, founded upon Judeo-Christian values, there’s God on our money, God in the Pledge of Allegiance, the “God Bless America” song at practically every sporting event (and you can get arrested and abused for not showing sufficient submission when it’s played), more “God Bless America” from the lips of every president after every speech, National Prayer Breakfasts, Christian Crusaders leading our troops and waging holy war against infidels, swearing on Bibles in court, godly infiltration of our everyday parlance in everything from sneezes (God bless you) to warnings (God help you) to curses (God damn you) to exasperation (Oh God) to orgasm (oh GOD!). There’s even the Ten Commandments posted prominently in the United States Supreme Court, and they sure as hell (more religion-speak!) ought to know better, what with that whole separation of church and state thing and the Constitution and all…"
"Any sensible person would realize why city hall is a poor place for a religious celebration – esthetically and legally. It’s like going to a store that sells high-end electronics and wondering why there are no groceries. It’s because you’re in the wrong place. It’s the same with the public schools. Our schools serve children of many different religious beliefs and none. Even among the Christians, you will find a range of beliefs, with some insisting that the Bible be interpreted literally and others rejecting that."