I admit this is a scary thought, but did the founding fathers leave the door open to the church influencing American government while discouraging the support of a church with tax dollars? According to the Constitution, “ Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” Establishment of religion, according to some historians, refers to the support of a church with tax dollars.
The language, however, does not discourage guidance of policy via religion, nor does the language specify any religion. Question becomes should religion be used as a guide for policymaking at all. I would say no. Using religion, at least overtly, to guide policy creates a slippery slope where we find ourselves distracted by arguments over religion itself versus determining optimal solutions for problems regarding commerce, the common defense, and our general welfare.