“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion…reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” – George Washington
Even (especially) George Washington and our founding fathers knew the importance of a religious people if we want to maintain a moral nation. That is why the commonly misused application of a “separation of Church and State” that denies the need – or even the legal option – to build a society upon religious principle is dangerous to not only our morality, but to our freedom itself.
In fact, our tired democracy today is living proof of this wisdom. Now that religion has been so far removed from the public arena, even the idea that any kind of objective morality exists in the first place is now in question! This moral relativism is largely a result of having no religious principle…perhaps even no principle at all.
If there is no God, then ultimately everything is permissible.