I take the religious motivation to be a real cause, unless and until someone comes up with a powerful reason or piece of evidence to the contrary. But this is not to say that the same function as the ethical teachings of religion can't be fulfilled by a secular morality.
Which means, I think, that we’re on the same page.
Actually, ‘on the same page’ really doesn’t work so well in a web context. Not that it’s anything other than a cringeworthy cliché in a non-web context, of course. Maybe ‘we’re clicking on the same link’?
Oh, that’s awful. It sounds almost sexual, albeit in an extremely boring way. Maybe… no. I think I need to stop digging.
Quick! Go and watch Boris Johnson and/or John Redwood looking less than statesmanlike.