America’s God is vaguely defined. Ours is not a monocultural nation like, say, Iran, Italy or Ireland, but a proudly diverse one. In many countries, the state, so entwined with a national religion, paints a picture of God no less stark than a portrait of the ayatollah, of the pope, of Saint Patrick . Everyone knows what God looks like, and accepts the image or leaves it alone—this latter option sometimes at one’s peril. America, meantime, makes it society’s business to support, protect and nurture minority viewpoints, values and traditions. Within these are many different views of God (sometimes Gods, plural; sometimes “exalted beings” possessing a divine essence) . Americans, answerable only to their God, can choose. The sweet irony is that the U.S. has become a most God-fearing nation. By allowing the garden to grow as it will, we enjoy a multifarious bounty one nation under Gods. Today, the garden is bursting. According to The World Almanac, in the past two decades the number of Christians in the U.S. has risen by some 24 million, of Muslims by four million, of Jews by 1.3 million, of Hindus by nearly a million and of Buddhists by three quarters of a million. George Washington said in his Fare-well Address that “religion and morality are indispensable supports” of the Amer-ican idea. Those supports, ever strong, grow stronger in 1998.

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