EWTN has noted that President-elect Barack Obama no longer goes to the Church of the Lord, but to the Church of the Gym.
The same global Catholic network also noted that US presidents have regular churchgoing habits whether they are Episcopal, Catholics, Methodist etc.
Americans while holding steadfastly to the separation of church and state doctrine, still expect their presidents to go to church. Americans tolerate religion in public life as long as no religion is given preferential treatment.
Obama may herald a European type of secularism that completely separates the religious from public life.