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  1. The question arises whether this is direct force and power, or indirect… Thus, in most Arab countries, natural sharia laws apply. Traditional Islamic law is fundamental and governs all areas of life in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Iraq, Mauritania, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and even the faraway Sultanate of Brunei. That is the greatest power of religion. In most other countries and regions with Muslim populations, Sharia law is limited to the family and marriage. The Buddhist countries of Asia are far from Islam, but not from the importance of religion, Thailand and Cambodia are traditional Buddhist monarchies with a state religion.

    European countries are also far from being as secular as they seem, at least formally. Many Protestant denominations have the status of state religions, specifically in England, Norway, and Denmark. Many European countries, from Germany and Austria to Sweden, collect church tax. In Greece, Orthodoxy is the state religion, and priests receive a salary (however, this is not a privilege, like church taxes, but compensation for nationalized property and land of the church). On the other hand, in all these cases, except for Orthodox Greece, the “power” of the churches is formal, and it will be difficult to detect the real influence of the Christian church in secular Great Britain, Sweden or Denmark.

    The situation is different in conservative Christian countries, where the role of religion is not institutionalized, but religious leaders and groups have great influence. This includes the United States itself, where conservative evangelical Christians form the backbone of the Republican Party. One of the features of their influence on US policy is their unconditional support for Israel. Or there is Brazil, where conservative Protestants played a key role in changing political elites and electing a gray-haired president. In Europe, the simplest example is Poland, where Catholicism has long been an integral part of the national identity. The Church's influence is also very strong in conservative Italy (let's leave out the theocratic Vatican itself). It can be illustrated by the example of the media, because the most popular magazine in the country is the Catholic “Famiglia Cristiana”. At the local level, you can find “Bible belts” – regions with a predominance of conservative Christians, in which the position of religion has never weakened. One of these passes right in the middle of the progressive Netherlands. A special case is Israel, where all Jews are considered Jews, and resettlement projects rely on Orthodox Jews.

    The pattern is almost unmistakable: where there is a religious population, so is the influence of religion.

  2. Here are at least 13 countries in which the religion of Islam has both real power and real power, and for deviation from the faith the death penalty is provided, for example , atheists and Christians (Christianity is the religion of idolaters), it is better not to go there .


    Saudi Arabia,


    Somalia ,


    Of Pakistan,


    Nigeria ,




    Mauritania ,

    United Arab Emirates

  3. In the Vatican State, Christianity in the form of Catholicism plays an unconditional state-forming role.

    A variant of Orthodox Christianity is common in countries with Slavic populations. The Orthodox Church is mentioned in the latest version of the Russian constitution without a clear definition of its administrative function in society.

    The most active form of religion that exists on Earth is Islam, which obliges its adherents to wage a holy war-jihad for spreading their ideology both through preaching and war. Islam was divided into two irreconcilable sects-Sunnis and Shiites. In Iran, representatives of the highest clergy participate in solving state problems.

  4. These are mainly Middle Eastern countries. For example, in Iran, it is the religious leader Ali Khamenei who holds de facto power, not the president. And if Iran is a Shiite state, then in contrast to it in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the positions of Sunnis are strong. But there are also such states in Europe. For example, the Vatican City-state, which has an absolute theocratic monarchy as its form of government.

  5. Definitely: in the Vatican. Probably in Iran. In all other countries, religion performs a servile function and is used by the state as an institution for manipulating public opinion. But even in this capacity, interest in it on the part of the authorities is waning. Unless not in the Russian Federation.

  6. I think that religion is in many ways only the most effective method of managing people. It was created by power lovers who have long understood this. Politicians use religion in all countries. Iran, the Vatican, Israel, and ,of course, Ukraine are in full view. And yet, ” such a religion is better than none.”

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