My bad, I should have warned you about Brook's bombastic and overwrought speaking "style." The video's title is misleading. "Judeo-Christian values" is a recent invention. The Founding Fathers of the USA, and Americans in the nineteenth century, would have referred to their Protestant values and beliefs.
"Western Civilization is Greek. It's not Christian." Where does one even begin when responding to such an ignoramus? Obviously, it is both. It should go without saying that Christianity has had Greek ideas embedded in it from almost its inception. Certainly, the early Church Doctors were educated in classical literature. From the time of the late Roman Empire, Christian doctrine has had Platonic philosophy built into its foundations. One can deplore the influence of religion on contemporary and past culture. But, to deny that influence is to reveal that one lives in a world of floating abstractions where historical truth is just an annoying distraction.
Brook's comments on the founding of the United States of America are equally devoid of knowledge as his more general statements on Western Civilization. Of course, the Founders looked to the leading political thinkers of their day for ideas. But, most of those thinkers - and the Founding Fathers - did so in a culture that was largely Protestant in nature. They firmly believed that the contradictions between religious faith and Greek reason had been reconciled. Whether they were correct in this belief is another matter.
The culture of the American colonies circa 1760 was a combination of Protestantism, Greco-Roman classical thought, their English heritage and the relatively new American culture taking shape. One of the shapers of the new distinctive American culture was the frontier experience. I stress experience because for rationalists like Brook, who live in their heads, experience is largely irrelevant in social development. In this case, the experience is best explained in the context of the Turner Thesis. Although overemphasized by Turner, the viewpoint that the existence of the "frontier line" had an enormous impact on American culture and politics is hardly controversial.
It should not surprise those familiar with Brook's shtick that he fails to mention the First Great Awakening. The Great Awakening (during the 1730s and 1740s) was a religious revival that had a huge influence on subsequent American culture, including the Revolution. One result is that it justified good Protestants to reject current Church dogma and authority. Needless to say, this way of thinking came in handy a few decades later. It was also the first social and cultural event/movement that involved all of the colonies. Therefore, it was a vital step on the way to American nationhood.
Even mainstream "liberal" academics acknowledge the impact of religion on American culture:
Beyond the mere recovery of the Puritans, several of these historians, with [Perry] Miller in the lead, advanced the argument that better understanding of the Puritans led to a better grasp of the essential American character as a whole. This interpretation was hardly unprecedented, since importance of religion for national (or group) identity had been a main theme in classic studies like Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America (1835-1840) and W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folks (1903). But, Perry Miller's postwar writings made these claims with a new force, especially in a 1949 biography of Jonathan Edwards and a widely read book of essays from 1956. (1)For two excellent works on the history of American cultural development and national identity, I recommend:
Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer. This book is essential reading on four British subcultures and how they provided the foundational culture of the United States.
Second, Samuel Huntington's Who We Are? The Challenges to American National Identity. Sadly, new immigrants like Brook represent one of the most important of those challenges. Brook doesn't understand his new country (he's a naturalized American citizen) and has no interest in or ability to learn from the gated cocoon in which he resides.
How clueless is Brook on American culture, politics and history? This clueless. I leave you with his take on the Second Amendment.
1. Mark A. Noll, "American Religious History, 1907-2007," in A Century of American Historiography, James M. Banner Jr. editor. Boston: St. Martin's, 2010. (pg. 93).