That’s why the spiritual and political battles so often go hand-in-hand.
This country was founded on the “self-evident truths” that all people are endowed by their Creator with rights that can’t be given by any person or government but can only be either rightly protected or wrongly violated. Some of those rights are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
As you’ve pointed out, both repressive politics and repressive religion are enemies of life (see abortion, eugenics, and death camps on the part of communism, and terrorism and the execution of “infidels” on the part of Islam). They are the enemies of liberty (see communism’s “nothing you do makes any difference” outcome, and Islam’s forbiddance of everything joyful, as well as the enslavement of women and “infidels”). They are enemies of the pursuit of happiness (an extension of both previous items).
As Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal, to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
Neither repressive politics nor repressive religion works, because neither recognizes the fallenness of man or fixes what is broken in man. They both just prescribe band-aids for symptoms.
Neither repressive politics nor repressive religion works...It depends on how you define "works". If you mean "allow freedom and liberty to bloom" then you are right, neither works.
But if you mean "able to retain power for decades or centuries" then they both "work".
Communism would still be in power in the Soviet Union if there had been no USA. And in fact, communism hasn't really been defeated, has it?
And Islam can create slave societies that last a thousand years, or more.
So slavery works. It most definitely works. If free people do nothing, slave holders rise up and build slave societies.