Two Nations Under God

Only 7 percent of the nation's churches are integrated.

ByABC News
September 10, 2008, 7:17 PM

— -- Nowhere is the country's racial divide more obvious, more blatant, than inside its houses of worship.

Every Sunday parishioners head to their respective churches, the vast majority of which are filled with worshippers predominately of one race. Only 7 percent of American churches are racially integrated, according to the Pew Center.

It's a harsh statistic for a nation that has its first viable minority candidate with a shot at the White House, and decades after the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education knocked down the notion that "separate but equal" was constitutional.

"I don't think we segregate on purpose. Where you build a strong faith base in, you just kind of cling to that church," said African-American churchgoer Monica Boudouin.