There is a thing that I see as a commonality in religious minded people. I've been calling it Venerate The Strong Man. Christianity seems to exemplify the idea, the drive, to Venerate The Strong Man. The Strong Man is Strong because he forgives, except when the Strong Man is Strong because he does not forgive. You can justify any stance under Venerate The Strong Man, so long as you make it part of Venerating The Strong Man. And when you look at secular cults of personality, even theoretically atheist ones, you can see the core foundation they all seem to share is the need to Venerate The Strong Man. Anything anti-democratic seems to rest on Venerate The Strong Man. I guess you could call it hero worship, cult of personality (even if the personality is imaginary), but it seems like this might be the mindset in common with all these things. I'm also seeing this as a moral failing. The more a person is devoted to Venerating The Strong Man in some way, the less moral their stances appear to be.