OK, we know that there are people in many Muslim communities who will murder people for disagreeing with them. This includes other Muslims because they believe anyone who disagrees with them cannot actually be a Muslim. Faced with this reality, there are going to be some Muslims who will, when asked by a random unknown person, say things that agree with the murderous people's opinions because they are scared the person asking the questions actually works for the murderous people and is looking for those who disagree with them. In the case of countries like Saudi Arabia, this is made far worse by the fact that these people control government power. (This can also occur in places like the UK, which has Muslim communities so insular that there are significant fractions of the population who think the UK is a Muslim-majority country where this sort of thing is entirely plausible.)
If you were stuck in Saudi Arabia, you'd probably be really careful what you said to random strangers who asked sensitive questions. If you wrongly thought you were in a country like Saudi Arabia, you'd be similarly careful.
Yeah, that's normal, unfortunately.
There was a video a while back where Bassem Yousseff brought this up--at least a partial example (EDIT: to be clear, what was going on here is that the guy he's targeting was insinuating that certain people were blasphemers):
Part of me wonders if the same isn't going on with the two-party system to a lesser extent.
EDIT: However, I'm not sure the difference is all that large though. The only place it seems to be different is the US, but there the communities are not insular, but instead form a melting-pot. Lord knows, it helped liberalize me being part of the larger community.