In many countries religion crossed with politics leads to a toxic mess. Look at the wars over abortion in the US or Ireland, or culture wars everywhere. To make matters even more interesting, one man’s religion is often intertwined with that man’s culture. But in South Africa, religion has generally been a force for good in our politics. It’s impossible to forget the role the Catholic Church, and people like Bishop Huddleston played, and how the Anglican Church helped to give Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu the platform he needed to help fight Apartheid from within. There are signs, now, that religion, and particularly organised religion, is about to step back into the political arena. By STEPHEN GROOTES.