Throughout the 1980's and 1990's, conservatives groused about prayer in school and how the country began to decline when we "took prayer out of the schools." Later, conservatives became enamored of putting the Ten Commandments in public places. Now, we have tens of millions of conservative Christians bitterly complaining about mask mandates and other government actions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. All of this is a distraction. Too many Christians have become obsessed with these things as a way to parade their opposition to state overreach, so that they do not have to deal with more important things.