Bush's presidency was unpopular because he was forced to face things and do unpopular things because of what his predecessor's neglected. It had nothing to do with his belief in God.
Likewise, he was under the guise that he had to be moderate to be successful, and it was those policies that put him out of favor with the conservative movement -- his base. If he wasn't out of favor with his base, he would have had at least a 50% approval rating.
I suppose in a way I'm saying that Bush was not as unpopular as he was because of the war in Iraq either.
Jefferson and Madison discussed the importance of religion in government in letters they wrote before the signing of the Constitution. Presidents all the way to FDR included God in most of their speeches because they believed God is important too.
Wile Gov. can't establish a religion, it most certainly has a role in shaping society. Thus, as Jefferson wrote, it is essential to have God inculcated to the people.
The founders knew that the U.S. had no military. The founders knew they had nothing to keep people in line, so they decided they would do this through God; through fear that if they were bad they'd go to hell.
Thus, most presidents up to FDR went by this belief in God, and setting a good example for the people.
Since the 1960, this is something only republican presidents have done. Liberal democrats have "separated" their views from the founding intentions.
That is why I think it is very scary that Obama has not attended church since his nomination. It goes to show that his going to church during his candidacy was all politics. His ideology and principals were set aside for the purpose of winning an election, something that a "good" conservative would never do -- something the founders preached against.
It's scary the way this country might go if the secularists -- of the Obama ilk -- ever gain control of this country.
Sure, there are good people who might have a conscience and be good not in the eyes of God. But every study ever done about this topic shows that absent the eyes of a religion, crime rises.
Now, there is a measure in the Constitution that says that the Fed must not ESTABLISH a religion. That is important, because that's the reason the founders left England, because they had no religious freedom.
American's do have religious freedom, and they do not loose any freedom when the President endorses God -- which is something the government should do.
Simply put, it's called setting a good example. And that, my friends, is exactly why I take my kids to church every week. My going to church has little to do with my belief in God, but my belief that raised by the church my kids have a better chance of growing up to be successful, good, honest, productive members of society.
And every study ever done on the matter proves me right. Hence, no study even needs to be don. It's simple common sense.
And that, my friends, is no joke.