Regarding Larry A. Taylor's letter (Feb. 8), "Does U.S. Democracy Depend on Religion?": I'm not familiar with the Brookings Institution report, but I am concerned with Taylor's reply. He seems to indicate that the Founding Fathers were skeptical of religion to the point of outright antagonism and disavowal. I think Taylor is confusing their concept of God, or a Supreme Being, with their concept of organized, state religion.
The deistic attitudes, held by many of the Founding Fathers, should not be equated with antagonism toward a God-head. They understood and accepted the validity of the Bible and the existence of a Supreme Being. What they objected to was the concept of a state-imposed, denominational religion--with its forced financial and social demands.
Religion, in the form of a state-controlled institution, is certainly not conducive to democracy. If anything, it would be un democratic. But, the belief in the validity of the Holy Scriptures, with its accompanying concept of a Supreme Being, would certainly result in the strengthening of democracy.
The biblical notion that all men (mankind) are equal in the eyes of God, and therefore all have equal access to salvation, is certainly a democratic concept.