A small government libertarian who has a strong religious belief follows a higher law and does not need legal threat to act right.
A small government libertarian who is an atheist may decide a new set of rules at anytime. They make me nervous.
The founding fathers were clear in their writings that the whole limited government thing would only work with a community that had a strong religious foundation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence,
But many say not all the founding fathers were Christians. Still, Franklin and Jefferson had a firm faith in God and a higher law.