As organized religion declines, is conspiracy the new religion of Republicans?

Source: The Hill
by Jessica Tarlov & Jeff Le

“Before the 2020 election, Robert Jeffress, a Dallas pastor who advised former President Trump, told a former Fox Business host that Democrats are a ‘godless party.’ Trump himself declared that President Biden, a devout Catholic, ‘hurt the Bible. Hurt God. He’s against God.’ … The GOP messaging about being the ‘party of family values’ isn’t nearly as effective if they acknowledge that the current president not only attends Mass weekly but also knows Scripture. … Beyond the politics of deriding Democrats’ faith — an obvious, battle-tested approach — there appears to be an important shift going on when it comes to religion and the Republican Party. … New data from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) reveal there is evidence that while organized religion is losing its luster in some circles, some Republicans apparently are finding comfort and community somewhere else: in conspiracy theories.” (06/08/21)