I am not seeking to minimize attacks on Christian symbols. They are hideous and ought to be condemned. But I do not believe that Christians are being persecuted in the United States, just as I do not believe that Jews and black are today being persecuted in this great country, and I am truly puzzled as to why so many Christian leaders want to teach their flocks to feel like disempowered victims.

I want America to be a more religious nation. I would love to see religious symbols and displays dotting the entire American landscape. I long to see more American children going to Church and praying, more American men and women studying the Bible, and more American citizens supporting religious causes both in money and personal commitment. But I would also love to see a more united country that feels itself - both religious and secular - to be one indivisible family. The two are not mutually exclusive.

Abraham Lincoln died for his vision of a united country that was not divided into North and South. Brave men and women in uniform today around the world put their lives on the line for the United States of America. Their sacrifice should inspire us to reach out to each other and create a more perfect union.