America is a nation of more than 300 million individual citizens who represent varied interests and diverse demographics. As a result of this diversity, if a candidate today garners as much as 55% of the vote, it is considered that he won by a landslide. Yet, notwithstanding all our differences, something which unifies Americans with almost unanimous levels of support is public religious expressions. Consider:
- 93% want "in God We Trust" to remain on coins and currency
- 93% of Americans celebrate Christmas and 97% are not bothered by the use of the phrase "Merry Christmas"
- 90% support keeping "under God" in the Pledge
- 87% oppose the removal of religious holidays from public school calendars
- 87% believe that God was involved in bringing human life into existence
- 84% support references to God in schools, government buildings, and public settings
- 83% support the display of nativity scenes on public property
- 82% support voluntary school prayer
- 76% support Ten Commandments displays on public property
There are few other subjects on which over three-fourths of Americans consistently agree, and, while critics on the Left complain that religious expressions are divisive, the evidence proves otherwise. In fact, religious expressions have unified Americans from the beginning.
At the first-ever meetings of Congress in 1774, it was suggested that congress open with prayer, but some delegates claimed the act would be divisive. However, John Adams reported that the result was exactly the opposite, noting "[it] has had an excellent effect upon everybody here."
Seventy years later in 1844, Daniel Webster cited that incident to remind the U.S. Supreme Court of the unifying power of religious expressions, and, even today, several Supreme Court Justices still agree, noting:
"The founders of our Republic knew... that nothing, absolutely nothing, is so inclined to foster among religious believers of various faiths a toleration - no, an affection - for one another than voluntarily joining in prayer together to God Who they all worship and seek."
Glenn Beck's American Revival Binder