"In ancient times the Kings claimed their rule was sanctioned by the gods, claiming descent from them. Some even claimed to be gods. Undoubtedly supporting these claims hurt the churches' support. Politicians use hate to control the people, and too many priests cried amen to hate and bigotry instead of speaking up for love, tolerance and forbearance. For what it's worth, too many who spoke up died and had their protests censored into oblivion. Now the State is becoming a god. Like an out of control AI program that has achieved its Turing potential, the functioning of the State has taken on a life of its own, and one which demands to be worshipped and served as a god. Many who would serve this God State are now hauling out the past and present failings of the clergy to encourage abandoning the Judeo-Christian God in favor of their God State ." Amen to that! States and governments are no more "ordained by God" than the kings and nobility that came before them were, so ignore the political clergy of whatever sect, and think for yourself.