A recent Newsweek Poll asked: Is religion increasing or losing its influence on American life?
19% said religion was increasing its influence
68% said religion was losing its influence.
Christopher Hitchens, from Vanity Fair and author of God is Not Great, joined Kenneth Blackwell, from the Family Research Council, on Hardball last night to discuss whether Christianity's influence is fading in America.
Blackwell: "There is a separation of Church and State; there has never been a separation of faith and politics."
Blackwell: "It is flat out nonsense to suggest that this country was founded on anything other than an understanding of Judeo-Christian principles and precepts that gives us the moral
foundations that allows free enterprise and the primacy of the individual in our political system."
Blackwell: "I believe you have the constitutional right to be theologically wrong."
Hitchens: "The United States of America's founding documents are secular. If you don't know that, you don't know anything."
Hitchens: "When people look around and they see the amount of theocratic bullying and sabotage going on, and murder and sadism conducted by the parties of god--it's not as simple as it used to be when the right wing could say 'well, our enemy is godless communism.' Now our enemy is the most godly imaginable group."