What about when national leaders focus on national social cohesion? They will want to have maximum support from religious leaders in that objective. What will national leaders then require from religious leaders? See (2) above. Religious endorsement? Religious endorsement by religions of other religions? Pluralism for peaceful social cohesion? All three?
At an AD 30 assembly of Jerusalem’s great ruling council (the Sanhedrin) the chief priests (religious leaders) and the Pharisees (a political and religious party) met together. Their immediate concern (see bold above) was that this man Jesus, who had brought back Mary’s brother from the grave, was going to overturn and replace their Jewish religion. Rome required - just like today’s national leaders - that all religions – all Gods – be worshipped. Rome would intervene with force if Judaism caused division. Jesus was doing just that.
Like all national leaders, the Jerusalem councilors were concerned about (1) their own place in national leadership as well as about (2) the national interest. By the way, which of these two was the most important to these Sanhedrin members? Was it (1) followed by (2)? Or the other way around?
The high-priest that year in Jerusalem knew exactly what was required to preserve “our place" (1) and “our nation" (2). Social (and religious) cohesion must be maintained - one man must be done away with. Jesus must die for the good of “the people”. With that all would be well. For “us” all.
To be re-elected (for (1)) national leaders seek the endorsement of all religious leaders, whose flocks are all voters. There is one major difficulty. It is, again, this man Jesus who not only died to provide forgiveness and life to his enemies but also rose from the dead. Please don’t mention this because Jesus is divisive. Don’t even mention his name. Better (like President Putin) to endorse “traditional religious values” rather than a living eternal Saviour. He will divide the voters.
To achieve social cohesion (for (2)) national leaders require that no religion should rock the boat by claiming exclusivity. Jesus is a dire challenge to all religions, including Christianity when it has become a lifeless religion. All religions must agree that there are many different roads and that all roads lead to the one, same “God”. To achieve that Jesus must be done away with. He must die.