I think using such comparisons without clarifying only perplexes everyone more than anything else.
Religion & politics have become widely interwoven in our political system for years now. The inaugural address every incoming President makes features an oath to God to defend the Constitution. Just about every inaugural address I've heard from every president holds to it some religious undertones. I remember Bush's second inaugural address was flooded with allusions to the Bible, for instance, such as these:
George W. Bush: "This untamed fire will burn those who fight its progress."
Jeremiah 17:27: "I will kindle an unquenchable fire in the gates of Jerusalem."
Jeremiah 50:32: "I will kindle a fire in her towns that will consume all who are around her."
George W. Bush: "And we can feel that same unity and pride whenever America acts for good, and the victims of disaster are given hope, and the unjust encounter justice, and the captives are set free."
Ephesians: "He led the captives free."
George W. Bush: "...ideals of justice and conduct that are the same yesterday, today, and forever..."
Hebrews 13:8: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."
George W. Bush: "Freedom is the permanent hope of mankind, the hunger in dark places, the longing of the soul."
Psalm 107: "He satisfieth the longing soul and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Such as sit in darkness."
Almost everyone in politics does this, and I believe since it happens so much, it seems as though it's widely accepted to use the names of God, Jesus and the Good Book in pushing political purposes.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"