Whoops! I meant Abraham Lincoln … whose 2nd Inaugural Address is a masterpiece of double-edged religious sentiments.
“If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of those offences which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South, this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offence came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a Living God always ascribe to Him?”
Here Lincoln asks a deep question … that every faith answers in its own way … and yet Lincoln carefully declines to answer that question, but instead, he goes on to instead assert the inarguable principles of American democracy that bound together the Union.
And *that* is why Lincoln was the greatest (Republican) president … not by his uncertain religious faith… but by virtue of his resolute understanding of the principles of American democracy.
It is by virtue of Lincoln’s principles, held firmly for the next century and more, that our Marines in Afghanistan fought as Americans … without regard for the religion named upon their dogtags.
Of which “Wicca” was widely admired as being coolest, by the way.
Military Views on Wicca: US Army Chaplain’s Manual