I'm thinking it's an odd thing, that religion has been one of the ways people best resist government, due to their competing claims of authority and sovereignty. I'm thinking of Christians and Jews, and how, in many times and places, they have refused gov hegemony / sovereignty due to their allegiance to a higher power. They are a buffer against government's overarching plans to be the sole arbiter of society. As long as there are religions that pledge to God, they will stand, in some manner, as a buffer against the claims of government to be the sole arbiter. And once there are two arbiters, there can be many, opening the way for polycentric law. As an atheist, I find it funny, as in "god is an iron" funny, how these two cons have interacted over the years. Obviously, all too many times, gov and religion are hand in glove, and the people always suffer as a result. But historically, I think a case can be made that religion can, and has, acted as a buffer against government excess.