Expecting people not to express or celebrate religions in public or politics is not what I consider respecting religions, but unduly discriminating against them.
That's a good point.
According to the First Amendment: Separation of Church & State. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise there of." Or congress could pass a law that only Episcopalians can be president, for example. Or only Christians may express their religion in public, etc.
Which if one looks at American history???? Hmmmm, there's no law there, but who creates the foundations of a government? The people do. And since the majority of a people rules, we have a predominantly Anglican history. Well of course that's gonna affect politics, as well as what hits close to home such as prayer in school & holiday celebrations.
John F. Kennedy was our first and only Roman Catholic president.
To address fears that his Catholicism would impact his decision-making, he famously told the Greater Houston Ministerial Association on September 12, 1960, "I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for President who also happens to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my Church on public matters — and the Church does not speak for me." Kennedy also brought up the point of whether one-quarter of Americans were relegated to second-class citizenship just because they were Catholic.wiki
Imagine what anyone who isn't Judeo-Christian must feel if Kennedy felt second-class.
I think it's a form of "Payback" which probably isn't the best way to describe such discriminations, but peoples of other religions are exercising their rights and I feel they must rely on separation of church and state, not because they are intolerant of Christianity, but because much of Christianity is intolerant of them. Many people want to keep prayer in schools, as long as it's Christian prayer, not Muslim or Buddhist prayer, and the very thought of Wiccan or Pagan prayer sends people into riotous protests or hysteria.
Equality is equality, and I don't feel it's anyone's God or Godlessness, or the complete neutrality of either, that's creating the inequality & disparities. I feel it's the power of human intolerance.