when religious scholars are the goverment is there a difference between the two? I find it funny that you think religious scholars are not THE church. even locally power is power and humans like all succesfull species are inherently oppertunistic. haha superstition is forbidden by christianity as well. christians, muslims , jews all of you are branches of one religion. and islam has splits so even if the text doesn't change the religion sure has. surely you see that the same arguments you bring up against these other branches of islam also go for the christian branches? And I get the oneness of god its a common religious theme even outside your specific tree. but what worries me is that you are stuck thinking like the branch. and while I can imagine being part of the tree. I still think we should cut the forest before it burns.