Get something straight. Organized Religion itself is the mechanism that mankind as a whole invented to program us as individuals to subordinate ourselves to those in authority over us. That was necessary if a social organization larger than large cheifdoms was ever going to be possible. Social systems smaller than that can get by with interpersonal relationships. At the nationstate level, you are having to control an amalgamation of mostly strangers and get them to cooperate without killing each other. Killing strangers was pretty much hard-wired into us from our hunter-gatherer days. It needed to be overcome. Think of the difference between the Iroquois Confederacy (chiefdoms) of the Revolutionary War period versus the Aztecs of Montezuma. Or the OT Pharoah's Egypt, Nebuzzzzzz's Persia, or the Hebrew Kingdom Moses ripped off from Pharoah & set up among the hillbillies back in the "Promised Land". Nation-state level societies that needed religion to glue them together and keep the peasants docile and obiedient enough to keep pulling ton-weight stones to the top of the pyramids while their shaman "betters" kicked back in the shade and sipped on a cold one and/or diddled the peasant chicks. Or go to the top of the pyramid to get their hearts ripped out with an obsidian blade to the greater glory of "God" in the case of the Aztecs. The religions and gods existed before the nation state but more as hobbies than necessities. At the nation state level, religion becomes necessary. Actually, the religions themselves pretty much design the "Gods" they then insist they derive from, rather than the reverse as is the actual truth. That is why there are so many differing religions, schisms within religions, and concepts of what "God" wants and demands of us as individuals. Different sets of Shamans all trying to get their own piece of the action going. The shamans always insist that what "God" wants is for us to obey God's chosen spokesmen; the Shamans. It is no coincidence. The purpose of all religion is to provide authority and/or an easy living for the shamans; nothing more. Religion is a ripoff. All religion is a rip off. Gods are the products of the ripoff designed to support the ripoff. Without exception. Heck, the USA founding fathers recognized that fact. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or interfering with the free exercise thereof". That sentence kicked the shamans out of any further authoritative role in our current Constitutional Government. Deprived them of the authority they enjoyed for thousands of years. Instead of obeying some "God" who in actuallity is nothing more than a sock-puppet for the shamans, we instead agree to abide by a written document we can all agree to read and follow collectively and individually. Shamans now have to subsist as out and out con men in this society since they can no longer command the gullible "faithful" to do their bidding any more. They have trick support and obedience out of them instead. The Chrystal Palace shamans you see on TV every Sunday morning don't drive their own Limos. They have gullible faithful to do it for them when they are not pouring out their pockets into the collection baskets. Mankind itself would be much, much better off if we peasants collectively told the shamans to stuff it and all of us stopped supporing any form of organized religion. Among other things, we would no longer see atrocities like 9/11/01, which was an attempt on the part of one religion, Islam, to turn back the clock and re-unite Religion as the one and only "true" Theocratic-dictatorial "governmental" system they insist is the will of Allah. In other words, to destroy the govermnental system based on the CotUS and BoR. The founders started the process with the 1st AM to the BoR. We should finish the process. "Freedom of Religion includes the right to be free OF Religion".