As for the opportunity to use the bully pulpits of all religions to tout political positions, examples are so rife as to hardly bear repeating.
America has an infection of anti-intellectualism, that anyone who disagrees with a Christian fundamentalist worldview is an "enemy" of God.
Jefferson took political stands that would infuriate today’s Religious Right and ensure that they would work to defeat him.
Fox does not like to waste time debating the idea. No category of character assassination is off the table and no offense is beneath them.