With a popular vote margin that lopsided, I very much doubt Bricker would win even a handful of states.<snip>
I wanted to do a non-standard 1948 election.
You are free to ask any questions about Safirism. I welcome them.Safirism holds that the Great Divinity is beyond human understanding, and that all religions might be valid in that respect.
Safirism holds up many people as "Children of Light". This covers all the Jewish prophets, Christian saints, Muslim philosophers, etc.
It also covers many people who became prominent not because of their religion.
Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nicholas Caeus, Norman Borlaug, etc.
Being a "Child of Light" does not mean that you are holy and pure. It means that you have a great responsibility.
Now, Safirism has a "core" list of Children of Light, but most CoL are interpreted as so by the individual worshipper.
Safirists believe that if you are buried in a burial pod and have a tree planted over you, you are reborn as the tree. Thus, what George R. R. Martin wrote as some bit of fun (the godswood) becomes reality.
By the 2120s, there are many sacred forests where shrines to the deceased, often holding things that they liked in life, are placed.
Safirists believe in "Joy out of Sadness". Thus the old Celtic tradition of a "wake" comes back, but it's more religious, less party, but none the less it is a joyful occassion. They remember the great things the person did in this life, and wish them good luck in the next.
The color light blue is a sacred color for Safirists because it symbolises both air and water, which they see as vital for life.
If you encountered a Safirist on the street, the first thing you would normally notice is a streak of dyed blue hair. This is very important for Safirists, as it symbolises their connection with the rest of life and also their humility. Safirists tend not to hide their religion, instead show it to the world.
Nudity is a bit of a controversial topic for Safirism, as a minority believes that nudity is nothing to be ashamed of and should be embraced. The vast majority thinks clothing is nice and protects them from the cold.
The "Enlightened Twelve" are supposedly the Children of Light who fulfilled their responsibility with the most piety and humility, so to be granted enlightement. The Twelve are depicted in the Blue Books with blue Eyes of Horus, symbolising enlightement.
Esperanto is held up as a holy language and the one true language of Safirists and Europeans. It gets a major boost from the growth of Safirism.
Now, of course, Safirism is very much an European religion, but it spreads elsewhere, but notably finds a lack of success in the USA.
The Textualist and Interpretivist schools of Safirist thought disagree on how to treat the Safuta, the holy text of Safirism. Textualists hold that everything in the Safuta is true and should be followed to the letter and everything not in the Safuta may be interpreted while Interpretivists believe in interpreting the text.