Her religious dialect, one shaped by the progressive Christianity of the 1960s, is not easily translated into the language of the Religious Right, the dominant language of faith and politics in America today.
The fact that both parties have been shaped by Christian traditions should also be encouraging to discerning Christians who have the wisdom to look past the election-year rhetoric and determine which parts of each party’s platform to accept – and which parts to reject.
If one takes the conventional wisdom seriously that you shouldn't talk about religion or politics in polite company, so entertaining the question of whether or not America is a Christian nation would be disqualified on both accounts. So at the risk of offending, in even the relatively brief space here, let me offer some observations in two parts: the theoretical and historical and the practical and political.
Is it ever appropriate to acknowledge national symbols in corporate worship? These questions, like all questions related to worship and devotional practice, are deeply personal and depend as much on the motives behind what we do as the actual practices themselves.