Thomas Jefferson and the the-cons fought it out. He contemned their evangel of government interference in people’s lives.
As a deist, he finds Christ-insanity just that, albeit he holds to Yeshua’s ethics as sublime and was about that just as wrong as he was to have slaves!
He urged his nephew to query religion. He wanted Christianity to disappear.
How he would have fume at the Vatican’s permitting priests to molest children.
Now, we realize that the best governments not only protect us from criminals and such but also from the unjust vagaries of life! Our range of liberty has increased with the parallel growth of government.