The proper answer to people who refuse to accept the rights of others and who employ violence in an attempt to deny those rights is to use the legal and law enforcement systems to make them stop. We don’t give in to extremists because they’re threatening to go out and riot.
There are now as many nones in America as there are Catholics and evangelicals. Growing numbers of Americans are choosing not to affiliate with houses of worship, and conservative evangelical churches have not been immune from this trend.
The strength of the separation of church and state, especially as a last resort against tyrannical theocracy, comes from the people – not our leaders, not the Founders, not even from the Constitution itself.