Reason #235 to consider just staying in Germany instead of going back:
People who actually wish that the United States government would be affiliated with their preferred religion. I guess people are so far removed now from the idea of being persecuted for their religion that they can't see the potential dangers of mixing government and religion not only for those whose religions they don't like, but for themselves.
I got my hackles up over an email forward this morning asserting that separation of church and state is not in the Constitution - because that exact phrase is not in the Constitution. Mmm, fun with semantics....and fun with people who just eat up whatever is forwarded to them.
"Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: why would we trade a system that has served us so well for one that has served others so poorly?" - Sandra Day O'Connor
"When the government puts its imprimatur on a particular religion it conveys a message of exclusion to all those who do not adhere to the favored beliefs. A government cannot be premised on the belief that all persons are created equal when it asserts that God prefers some." - Harry A. Blackmun
"I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute--where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote--where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference--and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him." - John F. Kennedy
"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State." - Thomas Jefferson
"Practical distinction between Religion and Civil Government is essential to the purity of both, and as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States." - James Madison
What's funny is that Germany does not have something like this. For instance, to be a member of a particular church, you must declare it and pay a tax to attend that church! Enjoy what you have, Americans! Don't try to get rid of it!