America is a religion - God help us
One of the fundamental contradictions of growing up in America that I found so difficult to understand was the alleged separation of church and state.
This article in the Guardian 'America is a religion' reminded me of that palpable tension and how religious fundamentalism is such a core part of life in America.
It is quite noticeable that the zealotry that's so dominant in the American landscape is not a major force here in New Zealand. Maybe it's because most people are Anglo Christians, so there's nobody to convert and preach to, everyone is already on the same page (but we all know that will never stop a preacher from preaching).
I think that the big difference is that Kiwis don't so much talk about the separation of church and state. They live it.
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