A Christian ideal certainly is woven into the American fabric, no doubts there. In fact it's woven in so much, that the paranoia talk I hear occasionally regarding the war on terror makes me laugh uncontrollably on how duped some people can be.
Even my own aunt living in Houston; she's been searching for something all her life, that much was made plain, when a good 25 years ago she headed out to the Portland area and got involved in one of those classic cults that limited their contact with the outside world until my grandparents got her out of it. Later on she went to Christianity, but she's got some crazy ideas that she still lets people pump into her head. We've had some pretty heated debates, as you can imagine. The most recent WTF moment I experienced was a conversation just weeks ago, where she's convinced we have to fight the war on terror to keep the United States from falling under sharia law.
It's just one of those moments where to have let the laughter subside, the fact that she's family notwithstanding, and compose your response. Listen, besides every hardcore yahoo that will come pouring out of the hills as soon as Islam tries to plant its flag here, and the millions of Christians, Baptists, Methodists, and Catholics in every corner of the country, that's some of the most full-blown paranoia I've ever heard, and I'm somewhat saddened that someone that shares my bloodline fell for such weakness.
In that regard I'm glad for the Christians and other denominations here, for no other reason that radical Islam taking root here will be bled dry by legions of cross bearing faithful.
All that aside, I maintain that I don't want to see religion evaporate here, but it has to learn its place. As long as it tries to push its ethics on the rest of us, it will represent a bigger threat to our liberties than any crackpot Muslim half a world away. The war on terror is a diversion from the true threat.