As we indicate in the textbook, the United States remains a religious outlier among the wealthy nations. In April, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found: that 70 percent of Americans "definitely" believe in God or a Supreme Being. Here are figures for other countries
Admittedly, "God bless" does sound odd coming from a Canadian politician. To borrow Vancouver Sun writer Douglas Todd's judgment: "The first taboo of politics in Canada (is) don't talk about your religion."
So it seems. Claude Ryan, the former Quebec Liberal leader, felt the pundits' wrath after he admitted his Roman Catholic convictions influenced his politics. "I once said on television that I was guided by the hands of God," he said. "I never retracted that statement because I believe it was true, but I never repeated it." Reform Party founder Preston Manning has had a similar experience. "In the House of Commons, it is taboo to get in any depth into what your own personal convictions are and how (they) might apply to public policy," he once said. "'We don't talk about things like that here,' is the unspoken rule."