I have mentioned how everyone is religious, religion must be rational and everyone should be as religious as possible. Now I will move on to discuss what these things mean for the government. There are obviously a number of views possible here. The farthest position someone could have is that government should ban all religion – that no good government would allow any religion at all. The farthest position in the other direction would be that government should be run by a particular religious organization in the same way as a church. Russia tried the first way, Iran tried the second and both ways end up with a whole lot of dead people. All governments are religious of necessity, but how much religious control they have depends on their religion and their power.
It seems obvious, therefore, that the true position must be somewhere in-between those two extremes. One popular position today is that the government should permit all religions privately but be publicly aligned with no religion in particular. For the reasons I have already discussed, this position is impossible. All organizations whatsoever already have religious beliefs. So claiming that you are not aligned with any religion is just an attempt at deception rather than the real situation. This is especially true in government. Governments must decide how much to regulate, what to regulate, what punishments to give, what freedoms to allow and many other things. All of these decisions will have reasons behind them. This is simply a way of pointing out that government’s decisions are structured. The final construct that structures all government decisions, therefore, is their religion.
This is such a controversial thesis that I must point out just how this is true today. Many “secular” governments today follow one of the secular religions. Secular religions include Secular Humanism, Marxism, and Naturalism. Such religions claim that supernatural religions, especially those including divine revelation, must not be a part of public life. It is these religions that are responsible for claiming that that the government should not be aligned with any particular religion. What they really mean is that the government should suppose that supernatural religions be tolerated as much as any false belief can be. Now I do not want to get into the apologetics of any particular religious belief quite yet. So all that I am claiming is that secular governments belong to secular religions.
Now if governments are religious, what of the separation of church and state? The answer is quite simple. The separation of church and state was intended to prevent any particular church from running the state. We all believe (hopefully) that the government is not a kind of church and that no church should be running the government. Depending on the religious beliefs of the state and the power of the state, religious influence on citizens could be either very little or quite strong. Personally, I believe that the government should be limited to matters of public order. If you believe in a very strong government that provides everything for you then you should also accept strong religious control from the state. The only remaining factor is which religion the state has.