"...people's individual lives have something inviolable and sacred at their center, something that cannot and should not be legislated: A higher power than government, to put it in basic terms."
It is the INDIVIDUAL HUMAN MIND that is the "higher power." Human thought and productivity can do things no government could ever do.
It was, in fact, humans who invented government, not vice versa. Government is simply what people want it to be -- and it SHOULD be simply a protector of our rights. It should not impose religion on us.