Former Republican Congressman, Mickey Edwards is the author of Reclaiming Conservatism: How A Great American Political Movement Got Lost â€“ and How it Can Find Its Way Back. In this article, Edwards makes an interesting point:
True conservatives are, above all, believers in the underlying precept of the Constitution, individual freedom. The nation was very deliberately founded without state religion and with an official prohibition against any religious test for the holding of public officeâ€¦
Americans are a religious people and, Christopher Hitchens notwithstanding, that is a good thing. Religion has fostered empathy and instilled social responsibility among many believers. But while we are a religious people, we are a secular nation. To equate American leadership with a commitment to any single religion is a dangerous departure from the constitutional principles which underlie not only American law but American conservatism.