This is just a bit of a rambling really, but have you ever considered that the concept of the seperation of church and state was a means for the free masons to gain power in America? Everyone knows that many of the founding fathers and many presidents throughout history were free masons. And despite an anti masonic movement in the 1800's many masons still continued to rise to political office. Also in dealing with the masons, you essentially have a secular religious order where the highest ranking members are the preists and "annointed" ones and the lower raking members are the congregation. An organizaton such as this could easily make vast plays for power, all the while flying under the radar since their "church" is not a church of God but a church of men. Just theorizing. What are your thoughts?