I remember watching Pat Robertson just before President W. Bush’s re election day. Robertson, not wanting to endanger his tax exempt status, said viewers should “pray” for the next election. Now, Franklin Graham is going around the country holding “prayers” for the upcoming election. Both, of course, are crude use of religious code language promoting Republicans.
Since use of religion is available to any politician, Hillary Clinton is using it. Her use of code language is more sophisticated but I’m guessing effective. She is using the word “love” often. It does not refer to love for some individual but a religious concept of groups “loving” each other.
Use of the term “love” has been substituted, to some extent, for the words, “justice” and “fairness.” These latter words were the old party of Bernie Sanders, Bill Clinton and the social justice branch of Christianity. The “nones” growth has shown there are endless variations in what could be called faith and the word “love” works in most. Also recall the word “love” was used by Justice Kennedy in his support of gay marriage.
It is often reported that Clinton is aiming at suburban Republican women. Her careful use of religious code language seems just right for that purpose.
Having said this, I am not in favor of using religion in political campaigns or in government. Some readers get angry with me for that.
Perhaps advocates of religion in government will be less enthusiastic when it is used for ends they do not like.