The problem is, we're actually too tolerant of certain religious practices, like the extremely dangerous blackmailing and enslaving Scientologist hierarchy who are fortunately being banned throughout the EU as this is being written. France will be banning them soon, as will Spain.
Germany already has because they know a "dangerous totalitarian cult" when they see one. They kind of have experience in that area, you know. Hint: 1933-1945. Otherwise, it's really just all the aforementioned covering their asses, and another good excuse to not cover a losing war that's costing billions every month.
Postscript: It appears that members of Warren Jeff's religious sect-o'-rama were government contractors for the Pentagon. Polygamy is illegal in the United States:
"During 2003, the amount being sent to the storehouse and the FLDS was around $100,000 per month," John Nielsen said in the October 26, 2005, affidavit. "I have personal knowledge that checks sent to the FLDS Church/Warren Jeffs by [Western Precision] are payable to the FLDS Church and/or Warren Jeffs."
Private investigator Sam Brower, who monitors the sect, said money earned through business dealings with the U.S. government was used to build Jeffs' compounds across the country, including the one recently raided in Eldorado, Texas. ("Pentagon paid $1.7 million to firms of polygamy bosses," CNN, 04.18.2008)
So, even the DoD knew! Add one to the list of everyone who knew this was going on. So much for using the story to white-out the lost war in Iraq and Afghanistan. America's Stalingrad trudges onward to oblivion.
The best-part of all of this: there were several DoD contracts approved after cult leader Warren Jeffs was on the most wanted list of the FBI. So much for background checks with government contractors. These young girls and women were forced into sexual slavery by a pimp calling himself a religious leader. He is not: he's a criminal who was tolerated by criminals doing a poor job of running a criminal system.