One reason, hatred for a group of people who are not Christian. There is a great deal of chest thumping done in the name of Christianity in this country with very little Christ-like behavior to show for it. Another reason: distract people. Midterm elections are approaching and what better way to distract the voters from the true issues of joblessness, the economy, and lack of cooperation by our lawmakers in Washington DC, than to dazzle us with a non-issue.
It's like the carnival game where there are three upsidedown cups and one ball and the ball is under one of the cups. The carney moves the cups around faster and faster until you're no longer sure which one has the ball underneath, yet you frantically try to keep up. Finally, the cups stop moving and you get to guess which cup hides the ball. The question is, will we guess the right one?