This! The whole point of modern democratic government is to make sure that no one ever gets that kind of power. If someone came along and somehow seized that kind of power, a “Second Amendment Solution” would not be long in arising, and rightly so. Civil Wars have been fought over far less.
“If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.”
And that’s the trouble: it might not be someone like me or Chronos or even GWB. It might be Fred Phelps…
Is the right answer. If I really wanted to attack organised religion I would go for its purse, and by removing the charitable aspect you would destroy the vast majority of its income stream. Whilst the taxes levied on churches wouldn’t be particularly crippling, removing tax exempt status from donations would. I can see the rich and powerful thinking of plenty of other things to spent their money on if their accountants aren’t recommending giving it to a church for tax reasons, like another solid gold house.
I’m with others though in that I can’t see why you would particularly want to go for freedom of religion. Atheist and not-particularly-fond of religion though I may be the most I would do is go for the French style secularism where religion is allowed no place in civil society at all.
Just order the government to stop protecting the freedom of religion, and the believers will do the rest. In no time the country will be a patchwork of little theocracies, according to which religion has the most adherents in a particular region.
Of course, as others have said I’d never do so; as an atheist I’d be one of the first up against the wall.