As it happens, I'm currently reading The Fountainhead, and it's easy to see why this might happen. Here's a thought for the next four years. I won't insult you by pointing out its applicability.
The farce has been going on for centuries and men still fall for it. Yet the test should be so simple: just listen to any prophet and if you hear him speak of sacrifice - run. Run faster than from a plague. It stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there's someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters.
Ayn Rand:The Fountainhead (Signet Centennial Edition), p. 637