I don't think Europeans understand that US comes from a different religious tradition
It seems to me that a majority of Europeans don't understand how Bush can be supported for his intolerance to homosexual rights, abortion, etc. Will he actually represents the traditional view of America.
Although Puritans (Pilgrims) actually consisted of only a minority of the original settlers, their views became the underlying beliefs of Americans. There is, to be sure, a duplicity in American society, one that believes in religion as the glue to community (in 'God We Trust') and the other that religion must remain outside of politics. In fact, most of the Founding Fathers (Franklin, Jefferson, et al) were not very religious, and feared the uneducated populous, a reason that there is a separation of Church and State.
This duplicity remains inbredded in the society to this day. For the most part, families in the South and MidWest go to church every Sunday, and believe that the Christian God is the only reality.
It is *not* just religious fundamentalists that are anti-homosexuality and anti-abortion. Bush is not a relgious fundamentalist. Many people just feel that, based on how they were raised, they cannot reconcile these acts with their beliefs.
In the US, you will *not* see a woman's breast on a commercial for shampoo, or on the front of a fashion magazine. Victoria's Secret's fashion show was just banned from the airwaves do to viewer complaints.
We had problems with the naked "statues" on display in the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
So, question to those in European countries:
1. Were you raised to go to church as a child?
2. Is there any form of religious fundamentalism in your area?
3. Are homosexuality and abortion "hot topics" or seen as something that is very "American"?
BARBIEis coming for your towel, too.