What role should religion play in public life, particularly government and other institutions, if any?
I'm asking this question to all religious and non-religious members. It'd be helpful if you stated your religion(i.e. muslim, christian, mormon, new age bohemian wiccan, etc, etc) or lack of religion. I'd like to hear from people from organized religions, as well as unorganized or disorganized religions. I'd prefer specific answers regarding your faith, like "agnostic atheist" or "catholic", since an answer like "christian" is very vague and practically useless. Any beliefs you have that depart from your group's dogma is also good information to have, and to share if you'd like.
While I see religion as a fungus that needs to be scrubbed from the face of every public institution, I do understand the value of religious organizations to the homeless, the hungry, the needy. Besides charity, what good are religious organizations to society at large?