The state religions of the 20th century were heinous and the current tributes to the recently deceased Kim Jong-il evoke all over again the creepiness of state-as-religion.
Closer to home, we have Christmas and political correctness. The PC screen filters faith-based assertions. Some pass and some do not. What are actually faith-based assertions re the merits of "alternative energy" (and a hundred other programs) are taken seriously by those who insist on their own secularist credentials.
Is this the modern American civic religion? Have we moved in the direction of a Secular Theocracy? David Theroux argues that we have in Part I of this essay. It is worth reading.
On a related theme, I liked Ross Douthat's tribute to Christopher Hitchens.