It is not religion that we defend, but a man. A man, we say, who defends religion, forgetting:
“Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth exalts God, and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do? It is most hateful to God that you say what you do not do.” — Qur’an 61:1-3
But still we persist, for he is a man that represents religion, and he is our just cause. To defend him is to defend religion.
That is why we say, ‘Why bring religion into the affair?’ It is why we say, ‘Religion has nothing to do with it.’
It is why we ignore what religion teaches as we defend this defender of religion. For he is a man who defends religion, but is above religion. A saviour of religion and its followers, though unbound by its sacred laws and precepts.
Revealing, without a shadow of doubt, that it is but a man that we defend and nothing more.