"Trying to explain the character of America is like trying to sum up the ocean." This statement was written by a CNN reporter named Todd Leopold.
This comparison is quite accurate, because like the ocean, America is huge and so diverse that it is impossible to describe at once. So, how do we describe America and who are "the American people"?
First, America consists of diverse cultures and people. Starting with the native Americans, and then later on immigrated mainly by individuals from Latin America, Europe and Asia. The U.S. has been more open to immigration than other countries.
Since they all come from their own separate parts of the world, they have brought different religious beliefs and ideas to this nation.