When I read a candidates bio, regardless of what banner they are running under, if I come to a section that tries to impress with religious affiliation it’s almost a guarantee they won’t get my support. It doesn’t matter to me if they are Agnostic, Pagan, Christian, or otherwise. It doesn’t matter if we share the same religious background or are polar opposites. If they feel the need to attempt to win votes on the basis of religion, they will have lost my vote.
Winning votes based on religious affiliation is cowardly. It is what you try to impress on voters when you have nothing else of worth to share. Share what you feel about policy, what you think needs to change to make our country work. Share with me how you feel about our future as a nation, about our children, about our families. Share the story of how you came into a life political. But don’t expect my vote if all you have to share is that you think we share faith.
When it comes to running a nation, a province, a city… what matters is policy, not piety.