Trying to outflank the guy on the "Right" was a bad idea. It wasn't convincing, it was not working out well on the family front, and went against a popular Senator.
"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."