I think it’s an attempt to claim the respectability of an ancient religion for its heretical successor.
Religion makes people feel justified in doing evil things, and do evil things to protect their nonexistent gods. A man has been sentenced to death in Mauritania for “speaking lightly of the Prophet Mohammed.”
In 2012, an American man was arrested for killing an American soldier for not believing in God: murder of Jose Ramirez.
For the first time ever–as far as I know–a court has ruled that a great ape has some human rights
. This occurred in Argentina.
An unexpected result was obtained from the recently recovered bones of Richard III, the anointed king of England until he was killed by an invading army under Henry Tudor. It seems that his Y chromosome doesn’t match those of his family. This could be a “false paternity” finding or it could be a run-of-the-mill lab error.