Oh, bollocks.<quoted text>
Well for one, religion played a major role in the American Revolution by offering a moral sanction for opposition to the British.
And Christians played a huge role in the foundations of American freedom.
There's plenty of examples throughout history where religion played a pivotal role in progress.
Religion played a pivotal rôle in just about every single major conflict in recent history.
Okay, perhaps not the War of Jenkin's Ear.