The role of '''Religion and U.S. Government''' has been a central Constitutional issue since the [[American Revolution]].
One of the causes of the revolution was fear that the British government was about to impose on the American colonies a bishop from the Anglican [[Church of England]].
Americans see their country as a predominantly Christian nation. A Pew Report showed 76% of Republicans, 63% of Democrats,and 67% of independents view the U.S. a Christian nation. [[Humanism#Secular_Humanism|Secular]] categories are the only subgroup in which fewer than a majority sees the U.S. as a Christian country. Although the public clearly sees a strong link between Christianity and the country's national identity, most Americans think citizen preferences should outweigh the Bible as an influence on American law. When asked which should have more influence over the laws of the country the Bible or the will of the people, even when it conflicts with the Bible most Americans (63%) say the people's will should have more sway. A significant minority (32%), however, believes the Bible should be more important.<ref>[http://pewforum.org/docs/index.php?DocID=153#1 Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life], August 24, 2006. Retrieved June 7, 2007.</ref>