The issue of the subject of the separation of church and state has been abused by our culture.
The most obvious realization of this is the removal of morals and ethics from the public educational system. This mental vacuum has produced sad results.
Our natural leaders have been chasing the wild beast of secularism promoting the material benefits of capitalism and the welfare state through the Republican and Democratic parties. It is a system that is concerned with filling the stomach of voters rather than filling their minds with values.
All of this has occurred while such leaders as Wendy Robinson, Mark GiaQuinta, and Steve Shine have stood on the banks and watched our collapsing civilization float by.