Have you ever heard it told that this is a “Christian Nation” or a “Secular Society”? These phrases are exclusionary in nature as the speaker is attempting to define the nation by their preferred conception of it, usually in his or her own image. The reality is that we are a nation comprised of a wide range of values, religions and philosophies. This heterogeneous composition is what gives us our strength. It is what provides different perspectives keeping us from falling into dictatorship or theocracy. Our national diversity is wide enough that no single group can overpower the rest in an attempt to eliminate rights or privileges of those who disagree.
Our country’s governance may be messy at times, but that is what makes us great. Religious, political and social pluralism is the reality of our nation. Take some time and defend the rights and beliefs of somebody with whom you disagree. Not because they are right and you are wrong, but so that you can be part of preserving our nation as the great country that it is.