These puritans of secular wisdom are protecting us, they sincerely believe, from... exactly what? Does the First Amendment spell the boogey man out for us? Well, in fact it does, but the boogey man is not who the secular inquisition thinks it is. Were they to lay down their own personal fear of condemnation, for the rejection of “God”, they would see that the boogey man lives between their own two ears.
The great fear is that unless they can drive “God” away from the publicly owned square, they will be unable to justify, in their own minds, their decision to reject an Almighty Being who may hold them in judgment. They will see doubt at every turn, and they cannot bear to live, as they want to live, guilt and fear hanging over their heads at all times.
Government is to butt-out, according to the First Amendment. That means that government shall not tell people how they should believe, or not believe. It also means that government shall not take any steps whatsoever to interfere with the free exercise of religion, and there is nothing in that clause that says, “…unless the free exercise of religion is being exercised by employees of the government, or by citizens who are participating in a government event.”
There is nothing at all difficult about this string of words, which is the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. There are no exceptions given, and there are no extenuating circumstances acknowledged. In simplest terms, religion is to be a non-issue where government is concerned. The Church of Secular Purity has no right whatsoever, according to the First Amendment to the Constitution, to require the government to establish a Religion of Secular Purity as the official religion of the United States government. In fact, the First Amendment expressly prohibits that desired outcome.