For one, how do you determine if a religion is fraudulent? Where is the line drawn between cults versus “validated” religions? I’m sure any religion would seem “fraudulent” to its non-believers. Christianity is a popular religion and Christians devote time, energy, money, etc to receive salvation and go to heaven. To its non-believers, that way of life might sound like straight up BS.
Also, telling me I can’t believe what I believe because the government doesn’t recognize my religion not only restricts my freedom of religion but also my right to liberty. If I want to allocate all my retirement savings in supporting a cult, that’s on me; that’s my money to spend and my life to live.
Especially when you allow the government to control religion, don’t you think the whole system would be corrupted by lobbyists supporting some religions over others? I’m all for separation of church and state and I think giving the government power to exercise over the church will actually be counterproductive in control over religions. It’ll end with which ever religion with the most money to pour into government lobbying.
We have to recognize people should have the freedom to believe what they want to believe and should base our government on moral values not religious faith.