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Well, I lived in the UK for three years (Warwick), and the contrast just could not be greater. In the UK, I attended the C of E and my little boy went to a C of E school, the Queen is Supreme Head of the Church and the Archbishop of Canterbury is a member of the government -- and it was STILL less religious than in the U.S. I never once had anyone ask what my religion was, and I don't really even remember religion being a topic of conversation.
In America, total strangers will get right up in your face and ask, "HAVE YOU FOUND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND ACCEPTED HIM INTO YOUR LIFE YET?"
Imagine someone walking up to you in Sainsbury's and saying that. It just would not happen!
I routinely have people knocking on my door and asking me to accept their version of Jesus. I never had anyone knock on my door in three years living in England.
People are always proposing laws that have a Biblical basis. We have a man running for president right now who says he wants to ban birth control because "it allows people to have sex other than the way it is supposed to be" -- in other words, it allows people to have sex for pleasure instead of just for having children. I'm not making this up! Imagine someone running for MP who said that.
I could go on and on, but yes, having experienced both, the U.S. is much, much more religious.
As to why, well, four hundred years ago, the English, in a stroke of pure brilliance, kicked out all of their religious fanatics. Those fanatics ended up in America, and we're their descendents. :P Okay, I'm kidding a little, but that might have something to do with it.
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- :O it sounds like americas trapped and they have a lot more developing to do
i once answered the question 'will the US ever have an atheist president?' and i said why does it matter and got so many thumbs down i can't believe it