I understand your premise, but do not concur.
A drift towards a Godless society IMO is the result of a far to easy life. As society prospers we see a drift towards the left further and further. Passing thru various stages on the way till the govt becomes complicit in the move. They do this when they see the opportunity for total control. On balance often the govt is the instigator in the leftward movement.
Leftists hate in order to succeed must transfer the allegiance and faith in a deity to the govt and soon thereafter if not concurrent to that of its leader. Obama sees himself as a demigod and in parallel the govt is taking over everything we know. How much salt in your fries, size of drink you can have, what your child has in his home packed lunch, along with a cradle to grave welfare system.
There are about 45 leftists dictatorships in the world today, interesting in that almost every one of them has the title of President, but they are mostly elected also.
Leftists are narcissist-ego driven who seem themselves as supreme beings rather than having faith in a deity. This comes from a soft life and they see themselves as successful. They attribute their success in life to themselves, they did it on there own. To counter this you crush the middle class while at the same time offering a welfare program for anyone who can fog a mirror, take the work requirement out and pay for their cell fone, give the cable TV and call it bread and circuses. This becomes the transfer program from a God centric or self centered life. A 'Don’t Worry be Happy" sing song of life. You get fact, you get lazy, health suffers and who do you turn to, the GOVT! No job, don’t worry be happy, stay at home, you can get a job when it gets better.
We have NEVER had a downturn last this long and there is no reason for it except govt policy and regulations which are in fact keeping it down. This recession is not as bad as the recession of Jimmy Carter, I was there, buying a home, cars and groceries, I KNOW! And any bit of research from the govt OWN records the numbers will tell the tale.
When times get bad many reach for any life raft they see rather than trust in themselves and pray to God…which the current vogue means you are weak.