The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group.
"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It's just a goddamned piece of paper! Bush, November during a discussion regarding the Patriot Act and the possible unconstitutionality of various parts of the law.
Religion supports nobody. It has to be supported. It produces no wheat, no corn; it plows no land; it fells to forest. It is a perpetual mendicant. It lives on the labors of others and then has the arrogance, to pretend that it supports the giver.