You know, how Democrats needed to learn to use Evangelical code words to win elections? That this advice came from paid consultants who were self-described Evangelicals always seemed a bit gross to me, but whatever.
I'm not sure exactly what 2005 me said about this. I supposed I could look it up in the archives! But time traveling me going back to 2005 would say this: the religion/politics connection is just another flavor of tribalism. Republicanism is highly tribal. You aren't going to win those people over (not all religious people, I mean religious people who are tribal Repuublicans) by mouthing a few code words. You might (might!) win them over by promising them nice things that will improve their lives.
Most religious people aren't very religious. It's just their tribe.