Partisanship, not piety, predicts political views

Faith can be a powerful motivator. As a believing Muslim, my beliefs give my life meaning, and have gotten me through some encredibly difficult experiences.Religion can also be instrumentalised.Over the past four years, religion has emerged as a prop in American political theatre, with religious symbols brandished like gang symbols in the so-called culture war. President Trump’s famous June photo-op with a Bible in front of St John’s Church as law enforcement aggressively broke up Black Lives Matter protests is but one example.And so one can be forgiven for assuming that for believers, religio…

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