Interesting.. It seems to me that humanity has 2 separate courses running one political and the other religious, which somehow always tend to intertwine each other. If you look at Islam politics is an integral part of the faith. Maybe religion is made to compliment politics. Jesus himself said he was king of the Jews, maybe politics and religion are one and the same just depends which end you pick. Seems you pick the ultra spiritual or passivist which we can't live on alone. Governing a mass amount of people will never be easy, especially when they can turn on you at any time and it has to be done.
Christianity was heavily rejected by the Romans at first, read some accounts that sword blades would go blunt from killing Christians.
On this highlight: This is where religion, as in religious movements, part from the spiritual. As long as they try to do 2 things they will do neither well.
On this highlight: This is why I see Islam as a threat to global stability. That and its inherrant intollerance of all outside of the Abrahamic faiths.
I dont pick a pacifist ideaology at all. I just think that understanding spirituality is ethereal and politics are practical. Trying to combine the two just leads to confusion, false claims of higher authority and gross abuses of power.