This places the doctrinal religion we have embraced in the same basket as an organized denominational religion with potential to merge with the state.
The documentary evidence of the doctrinal Christian religion origin of this nation is voluminous.
His purpose in this letter was to assuage the fears of the Danbury, Connecticut Baptists, and so he told them that this wall had been erected to protect them.
The metaphor was used exclusively to keep the state out of the church's business, not to keep the church out of the state's business.
The government also substantially finances these churches out of state funds.
The American colonies had largely followed that principle as well.
The 19th Century Russian government had an alliance with the Russian Orthodox Church; after the revolution, Atheism became the new official "religion." They have since made strides to again give the Russian Orthodox Church special status.
The German government collects religious taxes from the public, and transfers them to the main Protestant and Catholic churches.
That is to be expected, because Christinas make up about 75% of the adult population, whereas the next largest organized religions -- Judaism and Islam -- are only about 1% eacy.
involves much more than Christian churches; it includes: Humanists, secularists, Agnostics, Atheists, etc. Although some would consider them non-religious, if you ask an Agnostic what their religion is, they will probably reply "Agnostic." Many lawsuits about the entanglement of religion and government have involved conflicts between Christian churches or denominations and state laws and regulations.