“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
There's one thing people tend to ignore,a scientist who lived in (let's say)1600 couldn't speak out and chant like "I don't believe in god" he/she could get killed.So I don't take it seriously when people object like "Great scientists were believers" We can never know whether these people were believers or not,because being an "unbeliever" was rather risky.
Here's the list of atheist scientists in history
List of atheists in science and technology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
That's literally all scientists in history Don't get me wrong,I'm not saying a religious person can never be a successful scientist but this list is the elephant in the room.
If you were to suggest to a pbysicist that the problem is that religious people define God poorly. Perhaps the first cause is god. Or the laws of physics are god. The lack of chaos in the universe is god. God is just a concept and is analyzed in different ways by different people. It doesn't have to be a man in a white robe whose son died for humanity's wrongdoing. The Physicist would be comfortable accepting a first cause or universal order from the laws of physics. It becomes a matter of definition.
I think your position is simplisitc.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?