I’d like to make a case for the portrayal of religion in Democracy 4, since it was treated in such remarkably poor faith in the previous game.
Religion is not innately conservative. As so many have pointed out, mainstream religions do not explicitly demonise abortion, prostritution, or in some interpretations, queer identities. Pope Francis once famously declared that the big bang and evolution were scientific fact, and entirely compatible with a system of faith in 2014. There are many thriving progressive religious communities striving to remake communities of faith into places where free thought is celebrated. I do not believe religion sticks to one political wing or the other, it’s swerved in such directions throughout history by the powerful.
I understand proudly athiest movements like to capitalise on the evils of religion, and those evils cannot be denied, but these games are literally about changing the world into a place that makes better sense. Religion is often about charity, peace, and forgiveness, with a strong interest in fighting against social issues, and I’d love to see a place that in the new game that’s more than just a set of cults married to the right wing.