The bourgeoisie early on forged a link with religion. [Read Tawney’s Religion and the rise of capitalism.] Their infiltration of religious movements large and small is extensive. The ruling class needs to control that ideological territory to keep it on their side of the fence. If the pulpit turns against them, capitalism won’t last a day.
Here’s a radio broadcast which exposes the nexus of state and pulpit. I made an effort to fact-check Lavenda’s claims and in no case that I looked into was he in error. I am not endorsing Fetzer’s show, which has taken a dark turn to the right, but this broadcast is astounding.