In his speech to the Arab world in Cairo on June 4, 2009, President Obama('s speechwriter) put it succinctly:
"The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God's vision. Now that must be our work here on Earth."
This is a beautiful, worldy use of the concept of God. Religion and politics are not necessarily at odds. Ideally, they are about the same thing: Creating peace on Earth.