It seems all early colonial Post-Revolutionary War United Colonies (states and territories) consideration of religion related to protections against the State infringing upon the free practice of religion. In fact, it seems colonial Baptists sought protection against the more established and majority Anglicans.
A dutiful and focused effort to preserve a right to worship without fear of oppression nor state sanctioned indifference. Indifference that could have led to persecution and as witnessed prior to the 1700s (even in England) in some cases physical extinction.
"Separation of Church and State!"
A refrain, mindset and doctrine that has span centuries as prominently as "We the people." A refrain that now hints at GOP incorporation of religion into all matters of the "State." Is the overwhelming sentiment from America's conservative political party leading to a US Theocracy?"
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“God wants us to stand in the gap,” Huckabee said. “And sometimes my heart’s broken because, in our own country, a lot of pastors will stand in the pulpit but they won’t stand in the gap. We wonder why our culture has turned godless. We wonder why people don’t grow up understanding the fundamentals of natural law, the moral basis of our Judeo-Christian founding as a nation. Might it be that the problem is not the history classes in our high schools but the pulpits of America who have not taken what they even believe and applied it to the pulpit and to the people?” Here’s a fun fact: Huckabee is worth $5 million. I can’t help but wonder what Jesus Christ, and God for that matter, would think of someone having that much money – while millions of our most needy, many of whom are children, go to bed hungry every night.Read more linked above
Huckabee's video is a sterling example of insane doctrine with a motive (money, political expedience, dogma et al).
Now, take another look at a much more packaged and seasoned deliverer of dogma with a dual focus and strategic purpose. Bill O'Reilly, goes over the top with a broadcast segment that touches into conservative manipulation of "God" (Christianity), as he delivered a Pat Buchanan like serving of white privilege with flaming racism. All of which were bundled as vintage Fox News "FEAR."
Fear and Loathing via God and Fox News.