From where I sit it gets harder every day to see the difference between what our country is doing and those of the Middle East. How would Christans react to a film that portrayed Christ as a pedophile and liar? Would they organize and kill? Would they vow revenge? Would they issue notice that they wouldn't tolerate it? Let's look at a couple of issues that are near and dear to those of a more fanatic bent in Christianity, abortion and homosexuality.
In the case of abortion we see that Christians have committed plenty of murder in the name of the "unborn". Add to that the ostracism and expulsion of their own children for the act. Is that any different than killing journalists for saying things that no matter how they are put, offend the believers of Islam? Or for killing ambassadors of countires that expect that thos ambassadors are sacrocanct for tha actions of people who by all rights should be viewed as idiots.
The way it looks to me though is that all of this concern for the unborn evaporate once the hit the pavement since the same groups that are so opposed to abortion that they would claim to have the guidance of God behind their actions also seem to think that they have no other obligations to these children in the real world.
Clerics too are troubling, what is the difference between a priest using his pulpit to promote politics and the way that Islamic clerics not only usurp the rule of civil law but have their own courts to enforce that law? I just can't see what the real difference is.
Homosexuality too leads people off of the deep end. It seems to be the one area where there is concordance between Islam and Christianity. Both find it an evil abomination that should carry a death sentence. The truth is that we see more and more that a persons sexuality is tied to their chromosomes and not their "choice" or environment.
Same sex marriage sends religious types to madness as well but the real problem is not marriage so much as it is definitions of words. U.S. law is forbidden to give endorsement to religious rituals yet marriage has been co-opted to mean the legal contract of partnership between people who choose to live their lives as a shared endeavor. Stop making "marriage" licenses and the problem is gone. Marriage is and always has been a religious ceremony/sanctification of a man and a woman. Social connotations aside, it cannot be a legal issue since religious ceremony can't be made law. So why don't we just remove the word marriage from the law and make the legal part of it a partnership and the spritual can be the territory of the churches instead?
We wind ourselves around split hairs and nonsense to the point of ruining our own liberty. We make a mockery of our own heritage too.
So now, what is the difference Christian Theocracy or Islamic ?