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It’s utterly stupid that people on the Right as well as anti-theists today view the rise of these militant Islamic groups solely on the basis of religion. Yes, there is a religion element to it, but the underlying root causes are purely political, social and economic of nature. Look at Iraq and Syria, these were societies that were kept the under the strict rule of authoritarian regimes (secular, I may add) for decades. Only now, they societies are desperately trying to address their long grievances. Militant Islamic groups are masterful in exploiting these circumstances on the ground and defining group loyalty along ethnic or religion lines. People on the Right are too bigoted to discern these factors and anti-theists are too consumed by their own anti-religious beliefs that they have become quite simplistic and ignorant in their thinking process as well.