Originally Posted by sanspeur
Political and religious reasons are one and the same in Islamic nations.
You are sort of half-right.
Originally Posted by MysticPhD
Amen! This is so poorly understood especially by the PC crowd and those who would accommodate or appease the intrusions of Islam and Sharia into Western societies and culture under the guise of religious tolerance.
Political leaders have found out (a long time ago) that if you can integrate religion into your governing power you have a much greater hold over the people (see kings, pharos, etc...).
That the religion has been usurped by power hungry leaders should not cloud what the religion truly says and how it is perceived by most of its followers.
Full disclosure: I'm a devout atheist and think that all religions are equal in their ignorance.
NB4 Qur'an and Bible quotes about killing in the name of gods, pedophilia, and goat herders.