America is becoming a secular nation
This video points out that fewer and fewer Americans attend church regularly. It takes the view that this is a problem that needs to be corrected, I suspect readers of this blog will take a different view.
But it shows that the conventional wisdom of politicians wearing their religion on their sleeve may no longer be required or even acceptable. People no longer need religion to explain the natural world and many do not feel a spiritual need for church.
Politicians who openly oppose the religious right on issues such as science, women's rights, stem cell research, and other hot button issues should do very well if they stick to their guns and have good field operations.
The public face of religion is a very ugly one. We see people like Rick Warren endorsing torture and the death penalty for gays. We see Pat Robertson blaming America for 9/11. We see violent mobs in front of a hospice, doctors murdered, and clinics bombed.
We see science teachers unable to teach science because of religion. Religion has become an excuse to oppress women, hurt children, and unpopular minorities. Religion has become an excuse to hurt people.
Religion has become discredited. And that will continue until reasonable religious people demand access to the public airwaves to set the record straight. Not so much for the purpose of evangelism, but simply convince the public that those of us who are religious are not a bunch of ignorant, anti-science haters.