of life, how much more is it to be desired in the affairs that lie even closer to the heart!
That is exactly the perspective in which the Constitution places these matters. The first clauses of the first article of the Bill of Rights provide uniquely for religion a status insulated from both governmental regulation and governmental aid, which inevitably invites and leads to regulation. That status is continually at risk of being modified to match the pervasive permeation by government of other areas of life. Whatever may be the case in those areas, the realm of religion is constitutionally sui generis, and free enterprise should prevail there forever whether it does anywhere else or not.