86% of Us.....
think that Religion is important.
Oddly enough, while religion appears to be "important" to us, more than half don't think that religious leaders should influence policy, according to the same poll.
Overcompartmentilization? I don't understand the mindset that holds something to be important, yet not significant enough for the government of, by and for the people to concern itself with.
Religious leaders certainly don't need to be hammering legislators to legislate a mandatory age for baptism, a State Eucharist or other such nonsense. Americans do need an ethical voice, though, and religious leaders can provide that. I'm afraid it's the distant roar of lions that enforces the Jim Crow for the faithful.