"You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)
I notice now this is irrelevant because your signature quote suggests you're a calvinist, which is in my opinion the most despicable belief system in human history. You want to talk about justice and yet you believe that god created people destined to be sent to eternal hellfire and torture? Mercy my ass.
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
Besides, I never said Islam was peaceful. I've said NO RELIGIONS ARE PEACEFUL. They only achieve that state when forced into it kicking and screaming by secular society. You ought to learn to read.
Fine, western secular liberal views. Views that were not in any way a part of Christian doctrine. I ignored that question because it's absurd. The bill of rights is currently law. It is not meaningless at all. Nor did it even address slavery. Was the notion that "all men are created equal" hypocritical in that slave owners wrote it? Yes. They didn't live up to that ideal. But nobody even had the ideal that religion shouldn't have power over people who didn't want to be a part of that religion until at least the Enlightenment, possibly later.And I'm not American, but I notice you ducked the question about the bill of rights being a meaningless historical event because slavery still existed.
Their Christianity would be quite unrecognizable to Christians of a few centuries ago, especially the ones during your vaunted reforms. But despite their religious affectation, our culture is secular. Our laws are secular, our capitalism is extremely secular. Our views on money, sex, morality, and our place in the universe, for all but the most ignorant religious people (which are the minority of religious people, of course) are secular, to the point where their Christianity is having to twist itself around to incorporate those views and claim they had them all along. Somewhat like what you're doing.And secular culture did not supplant Christian culture, since 80% of Americans are Christian. Christian culture just happens to be fertile ground for secularism.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.