Originally Posted by Crisco
Actually I think your comparison is a little off.
Arch Bishops generally still reported to the kings.
Ali Khamanei is the supreme ruler of the country. Everyone reports to him. President included.
The council of experts has the constitutional authority to depose him if they collect together however they are subordinate to him.
The Queen is Defender Of The Faith.
She has Her own Cross...therefore, there is nothing (in theory) differentiating her from an Arch Bishop.
I'll explain more about an Established and State Run Church when I come back home from work LOL (the main difference is that the Church chooses not to use its consitutional powers..thats not the same in Islam)