I will "cut right to the chase" on this one.
American government has not been, is not now, and should not be a secular - in stark opposition to a religious - government....and the anti-Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution (important as it is, and frequently misused to allege [improper and illegitimate] "separation of church from state") has been touted to the extreme....whereas the flip side within that First Amendment has been rather completely ignored in courts of law and particularly within public schools, resulting in suppression and repression against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
To wit, that vital part of the First Amendment stating that Congress shall "not prohibit the free exercise of religion" has often been disregarded, overlooked, and overridden.
Such has been the case of a recent particular atheist who has forced his fool atheism (using the excuse of protecting his non-atheist daughter) against reference to "God" in the present wording of The Pledge of Allegiance and the "In God We Trust" motto on coins, as has the ACLU and AUSCS in their criminal lawsuits (and such indeed are of a criminal nature!) against Judeo-Christian symbolism and insignia in government monuments and city seals.
Psalm 14:1 To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good.
Psalm 53:1 To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none that does good.
Romans 1:19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
Romans 1:20 Ever since the creation of the world, His invisible nature, namely, His eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse;
Romans 1:21 for although they knew God they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened.
Romans 1:22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools....
The anti-religious objections of minority heretics must not overrule the will of a Christianity-tolerant majority. Similar is the case pertaining to America's political elections and their outcomes. The simple majority of over fifty percent (>50%) wins the election, whereas the other 49% or less have to at least temporarily back off and be subordinate in allowing the simple-majority party or candidate to rule and be in charge.
Neither the United States Government as an abstract entity, nor individual officials and agents of that Government - in view of the current semantics of the First Amendment - need to divorce themselves away from identifying themselves as religious, NOR are they required to completely disassociate from anything religious over which they have territorial jurisdiction, with respect to the command from Creator Jesus Himself:
Matthew 22:17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"
Matthew 22:21 They said, "Caesar's." Then He said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
Mark 12:14 And they came and said to Him, "Teacher, we know that you are true, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?
Mark 12:16 And they brought one. And He said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" They said to Him, "Caesar's."
Mark 12:17 Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at Him.
Luke 2:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled.
Luke 3:1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,
Luke 20:22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?"
Luke 20:24 "Show me a coin. Whose likeness and inscription has it?" They said, "Caesar's."
Luke 20:25 He said to them, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
Luke 23:2 And they began to accuse Him, saying, "We found this man perverting our nation, and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ a king."
John 19:12 Upon this Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, "If you release this man, you are not Caesar's friend; every one who makes himself a king sets himself against Caesar."
John 19:15 They cried out, "Away with him, away with him, crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar (and later on: Adolf Hitler)."
Acts 17:7 and Jason has received them; and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus."
Acts 25:8 Paul said in his defense, "Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended at all."
Acts 25:10 But Paul said, "I am standing before Caesar's tribunal, where I ought to be tried; to the Jews I have done no wrong, as you know very well.
Acts 25:11 If then I am a wrongdoer, and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death; but if there is nothing in their charges against me, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar."
Acts 25:12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with his council, answered, "You have appealed to Caesar; to Caesar you shall go."
Acts 25:21 But when Paul had appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of the emperor, I commanded him to be held until I could send him to Caesar."
Acts 26:32 And Agrippa said to Festus, "This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar."
Acts 27:24 and he said, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and lo, God has granted you all those who sail with you.'
Acts 28:19 But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar--though I had no charge to bring against my nation.
Philippians 4:22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household.
Talk about friends in high places!
Keep in mind that as Creator God, Jesus Christ obviously has ultimate jurisdiction over Caesar himself, and thus ALL forms of human government for ALL time - whether they be communism, nazism, fascism, totalitarianism, parliamentarianism, monarchy, republic, democracy, or theocracy (within the latter of which both rule and ruled might not obey the Theos or God they claim as their Divine Leader, as was recorded pertaining to evil kings of Israel and the rebellious jews who went in Babylonian and Persian captivity, followed by Roman rule and later Nazi tyranny):
For a genuine Christian, the Christian flag always flies higher than the American flag or any other national flag, and allegiance to Christ always and ultimately supercedes any allegiance to the creed of any human government and officials or agents thereof:
Acts 5:29 But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men.
The KJV/RSV Bible takes precedent over any human-government rule, statute, law, treaty, regulation, and similar. That is because the LORD is King of kings and Lord of lords, on the understandable grounds that He created, operates, and owns everything existent on the planet and elsewhere:
Job 19:25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at last he will stand upon the earth;
Job 19:26 and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then from my flesh I shall see God....
Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name? Surely you know!
Matthew 22:41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question,
Matthew 22:42 saying, "What do you think of the Christ? Whose Son is he?" They said to him, "The Son of David."
Matthew 22:43 He said to them, "How is it then that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls Him Lord, saying,
Matthew 22:44 'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I put Your enemies under Your feet'?
Matthew 22:45 If David thus calls Him Lord, how is He his Son?"
Matthew 22:46 And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did any one dare to ask him any more questions.
John 8:58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am."
Psalm 82:6 I say, "You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you;
Isaiah 41:23 Tell us what is to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods; do good, or do harm, that we may be dismayed and terrified.
John 10:30 I and the Father are one."
John 10:31 The Jews took up stones again to stone Him.
John 10:32 Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone Me?"
John 10:33 The Jews answered Him, "It is not for a good work that we stone you but for blasphemy; because you, being a man, make yourself God."
John 10:34 Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, you are gods'?
John 10:35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came (and scripture cannot be broken),
John 10:36 do you say of Him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'?
Colossians 1:11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
Colossians 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
Colossians 1:13 He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
Colossians 1:14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation;
Colossians 1:16 for in Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities--all things were created through Him and for Him.
Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:18 He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything He might be pre-eminent.
Colossians 1:19 For in Him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell,
Colossians 1:20 and through Him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.
Hebrews 1:1 In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets;
Hebrews 1:2 but in these last days He has spoken to us by a Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world.
Hebrews 1:3 He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe by His word of power. When He had made purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Hebrews 1:4 having become as much superior to angels as the name He has obtained is more excellent than theirs.
Hebrews 1:5 For to what angel did God ever say, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be to Him a father, and He shall be to Me a Son"?
Hebrews 1:6 And again, when He brings the first-born into the world, He says, "Let all God's angels worship Him."
Hebrews 1:7 Of the angels He says, "Who makes His angels winds, and His servants flames of fire."
Hebrews 1:8 But of the Son He says, "Your throne, GOD, is for ever and ever, the righteous scepter is the scepter of Your kingdom (not "queendom").
Hebrews 1:9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness beyond Your comrades."
Hebrews 1:10 And, "You, Lord, did found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of Your hands;
Hebrews 3:4 For every [intelligently-designed] house is built by some one, but the [intelligent-designing] builder of all things is God.
It almost goes without saying, then, that the U.S. Constitution is in no way on equal standing with nor equivalent to The Holy Bible (i.e. the Sacred 66-books canonical Hebrew-Greek Judeo-Christian Scripture). It is merely but also vitally a declaratory document of secondary importance compared to Holy Writ belonging to a certain manifestation of democracy unique to America.
With that in mind, those belonging to such government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" can (but with previously-explained "tongue in cheek") state: "I do solemnly promise to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and internal, so help me God."
One proof that the Constitution is not on par with Holy Scripture is that the "religion" wording of that First Amendment is not specified as to which religion is not to be establish nor prohibited.....and I (among many others in this country) would not want public prayers and public petitions of the muslim Qur'an (i.e. Koran) mouthed by me nor heard mouthed during some public ceremony.
Another proof that the Constitution is not on par with Holy Scripture is the voidability of each Amendment thereof. Case in point was the repeal of the anti-liquor 18th Amendment, and the current call for repealing the 19th Amendment concerning [purported] "equal rights" gender-indiscriminate encouragement for women to vote and anti-domestically hold government office by their sexually-harassing gender causing needless feminist-sexist confusion, disruptive rivalry, and bellerant (plus frequently mopheaded or shortskirted) competition against the superior gender.
That is not to say that I do not have deep respect for the very modest and decent ways fundamentalist islamic women dress and are attired, although I consider their god to be a ridiculous myth, their prophet Mohammed a fraud, and their so-called "holy" writings, instead of being "sacred," actually being blasphemous antisemitic satanic verses. The disdain I have for such is similar to the disdain I have against the Talmud, the Book of Mormon, the catholic Apocrypha (both imposed within an old and new testament), or even preference of the deviants to the Septuagint.
The intent of the Founding Fathers was, therefore, not to divorce themselves and their government away from religion, but instead to recognize it and respond to its immutable and indestructible presence accordingly.
Further notice that the word used: "religion," is not qualified as to sectarian denomination (be that Baptist, Lutheran, Mennonite, Anglican, Mormon, Seventh Day Adventist....nor even cultic catholicism, hinduism, islam, jehovah witness, buddhist, church of Satan, wiccan, and so on).
Thus, neither the Government as a whole, nor any of its agents and officials comprising it, are forbidden from retaining their particular brand of religion, nor required to refrain from proclaiming such publicly as and when U.S. officials and agents. For example, there have been officials and bureacrats who have publicly identified themselves as deists or muslims, Christians or Jews, etc. in American government. It is noteworthy that such have usually not proclaimed their particular denomination when publicly identifying themselves with a certain religion (that is, not often specified themselves as Sunni, Shiite, Presbyterian, Methodist, Reform or Conservative Jew, or whatever).
Monopolizing and undue proselitization are prevented by elective turnover and replacement, plus petition for redress, compliantly-cooperative coordination, and appeal:
Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see in a province the poor oppressed and justice and right violently taken away, do not be amazed at the matter; for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them.
Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Romans 15:30 I appeal to you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,
Romans 16:17 I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them.
First Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
Second Corinthians 5:20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Romans 8:17 For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord.
Romans 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Mend your ways, heed my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.
First Thessalonians 2:3 For our appeal does not spring from error or uncleanness, nor is it made with guile;
Philemon 1:8 Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required,
Philemon 1:9 yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you--I, Paul, an ambassador and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus--
Philemon 1:14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own free will.
Hebrews 13:22 I appeal to you, brethren, bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly.
But in a fluid democracy where leadership and legality are constantly changing and in flux, whoever of whatever religion presently legislates and rules among the somewhat-unified but constantly-diverse community of neighboring associates sets temporary policies and procedures for others around them. They are voted in by popular opinion, and then voted out by popular opinion.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.