perhaps, mike pence is "redefining democracy" according to the ultra-conservative christian fundamentalism that is inherent in a "catholicism".
so, that is not really american democracy, it is roman catholic dogma. perhaps, the power of dogma, fuels the dogma of power. this is the "saving-face" position to reinvest in "believing" that the catholic faith is pure, when the catholic-priests are involved in a world-wide scandal involving the sex-abuse of children.
power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.(? shakespeare.)
i agree with the separation of church and state. religion should be the conscience of the people. it becomes the custom through popular usage and social belonging.
perhaps the ying and yang of religion are the openness of the not-understanding the eternal question, (yang=one truth) which provides the intellectual searching of the mystery, with the (ying =one truth) provides for the much needed psychological membership of community, the emotional feeling of belonging.
the simple problem is that; what the people have within, can not be legislated from without. this leaves government to use religion as a manipulative tool for their own power, so the nature of real-truth is corrupted in purity. religion should not be an excuse for lack of purity in virtues, or saying, one should not hide their own evil behind religion.
denying diversity by establishing state-religions leads to excesses. freedom of religion should not only include all peoples, but all religions; this is a definition of "american democracy" that is divided between ultra-conservatives, and liberal christians, therefore religion is, or has just become, a nationwide political-tool.
by that point, what a religion gains in "social-power" and "social-prestige" by being a state-religion, it loses in "truth" and "purity" of "virtue".