President Bush, the elder, once said, “No, atheists and not citizens, this is a Christian nation.” I’m sure he felt confident he could bash atheists and proclaim his own belief without suffering any negative political consequences.
Now, to some extent, the table has turned. People cannot stand on a street corner and shout how they hate gays and expect to be employed in show business or political jobs.
As the second link below discusses, the traditional beliefs of Christianity, sin, the cross and the resurrection are slowly becoming odd. The Christian author makes the case the faith will do better as an outlier than in its long term status as the establishment. Time will tell on this.
The majority of faith pundits, however, do not see it that way. When someone uses his/her celebrity to testify on their faith and there are negative consequences, outrage is expressed.
Several years ago singer Pat Boone made a recording with a heavy metal band. A regular program he had on a religious channel was cancelled immediately. He said, “I understand why Paul (Crouch, TBN) had to cancel me. He depends on his donors to stay on the air.” That’s the reality of show business, even the religious version.
The former football player in the link expressed his opposition to gay marriage. Then, he was bumped as a commentator of an entertainment program.
Christians are still the big majority in the country. Wearing it on your sleeve is not as popular as it once was.