As long as there has been an America there have been people making connections between God and politics. Yet it is almost assured as soon as this started people also made separations along theocratic and political lines both as groups and individuals. Side “A” said their person was doing the divine's work and “B” claimed another thing. People have claimed saint and sinner, angel or devil of both their's and their opponent's candidates (and from time to time candidates have even claimed it of themselves). This nation was founded by Christians and then as is probably the case now, the Bible was the most widely read book in this country, and certainly at that time the primary source of education for many Americans. It made sense people linked their political candidates with Biblical allegories, references, comparisons, etc, though it was technically blasphemous to do so. Yet neither democracy nor republicanism are intrinsically religious in and of themselves.
TIAA-CREF censored their shareholder ballot and is fleeing NYC protests by moving their annual meeting to Charlotte, North Carolina. Groups all over the country will visit TIAA-CREF offices the day of the meeting to tell them: you can run, but you can’t hide–not from the movement for justice in Palestine/Israel!