Yes, religious influence should be removed from the government in the United States. Religion currently places too strong a hold on the government, even influencing changes and choices as time goes on. Since there should be a separation of church and state, having religion encouraging decisions in U.S. Government goes against the basic rules of a democracy in the U.S.
Although some of the founders of the U.S. were religious men, the U.S. is founded on the idea that no religion should take precedence over another. Therefore, the religion that still persists in our public discourse is enervated and drained of any real theology. It is, as the Supreme Court has said, a civil religion. This weak religious expression in our government does nothing for Christians, Jewish people, Buddhists or Muslims, for it is vague and general, and it merely serves to annoy atheists and underscore religious tribalism. Allow religion to flourish outside the government, but keep the government secular.
We have no protection in our constitution, guaranteeing atheists will not have to suffer the acknowledgement of religion. I defy anyone to show me the text of the 1st amendment to the United States Constitution requiring separation of Church and State. This is the language of anti religion people who use misinformation to influence the will of the people. The first amendment does not demand separation of Church and State. It demands no establishment of religion (by Congress), OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF. If everyone had stayed awake during world history, the reason this was included, not to mention why the colonists fled Europe to begin with, would be self evident.
The First Amendment to the Constitution mandates that government not establish or improperly interfere with religion. On the other hand, religious people and organizations are permitted to exert their influence on the government of the United States in the same manner that other individuals and groups are permitted to do under the Constitution.
This country was founded on Christian principles, and it the beginning, this nation had very few social issues. If anything, our government should have more influences to remind us what morals and principles we were founded on. I believe if this nation turned back to God, we wouldn't always be in trouble or turmoil in every social or economic issue that comes up.