For the Framers and Founders (classical liberals) the proper chain of authority was God --> the individual --> the state. This hierarchy of authority is the basis for our republican, federalist form of government, with government (ideally) the servitor of the people. For Libertarians, the proper chain of authority is the individual --> the state, with the needs of the state subservient to those of the individual. For collectivists of all stripes, from communists to socialists to our current crop of benighted "progressives," the chain of authority is the state --> the individual. God does not enter the picture, and no challenge to the overweening authority of the state shall be brooked.
Make no mistake, the left's war on religion is real, and they are playing for keeps.