Politicians the world over are masters at exploiting religious imagery and patriotic sentiment to deflect and co-opt. We will see it here, we will see it there. As the recession deepens, as unemployment rises, as general discontent worsens, we will see our leaders deploy symbols which the masses can embrace. This is happening all over the world right now, as those in power strive to remain relevant in the face of widespread public anger about the mismanagement of the pandemic and mishandling of the economy. The talking points of the religious masses usually have nothing to do with religion at all.