The idea of a good society is something you do not need a religion and eternal punishment to buttress; you need a religion if you are terrified of death
Religions sprang up among men to deal with the sometimes terrifying aspects of existence, to make sense out of the senseless, to explain things we find inexplicable
To a born-again atheist like myself, it is clear that each of us has multiple selves, talents, perceptions. But to the Roman Catholic, unity is all.
Ultimately, totalitarianism is the only sort of politics that can truly serve the sky-god's purpose. Any movement of a liberal nature endangers his authority and that of his delegates on earth. One God, one King, one Pope, one master in the factory, one father-leader in the family at home.
The hatred Americans have for their own government is pathological, if understandable. At one level it is simply thwarted greed: since our religion is making a buck, giving a part of that buck to any government is an act against nature.
Religions are manipulated in order to serve those who govern society and not the other way around.
That peculiarly American religion, President-worship.
Nonprofit status is what created the Bible Belt. The tax code brought religion back to this country.