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I agree – there should be complete separation of religion from our government. We look aghast at the Taliban in Afghanistan, yet we are heading down the same path of a religious fundamentalist controlled society. Some good books, if you’re interested: "American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21stCentury" by Kevin Phillips; "The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason" by Sam Harris; "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins.
Here, I’ll connect faith to the Crash Course:
Too many people have faith that God favors the USA and will provide a convenient solution to any problem. So we can ignore the writing on the wall that points to a rather ugly demise for this once great nation, and just carry on as usual because God will take care of us.
Too many people are blissfully ignorant of the intellectual tools necessary to comprehend (and mitigate or solve) the problems because true knowledge and scientific methods threaten their blind faith.
I can think of other examples that indicate theology and faith are part of the problem, and I seriously doubt that praying will provide a solution. On the other hand, if we were to actually practice the foundational tenet of every religion – the ethic of reciprocity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethic_of_reciprocity) – we might have a chance at finding a sustainable equilibrium in the world before we crash and burn.