Politics **is** religion, pretty much.It's not just religion that's guilty of such wrongdoings, though. Political organizations often act in dirty or underhanded ways, things that would ordinarily get them in trouble if they didn't have money to bribe officials with. The same goes for cults. There was a cult in Mexico that was allowed to drink LSD and become high because they said it was part of their "tradition" and the authorities didn't want to tread upon their "freedom."
It has all the same trappings: bullshit, constant lies about the opponents, false memes, character assassinations, etc, etc, etc.
And politics also seems to demand unquestioning obedience to the Party's Lies.
As I said? All the same things that **religion** has... only worse-- there's no central book to kind of keep things in perspective.