I am not sure where to post this thread, but as the theme is mostly religious… here it goes:
Even in Abrahamic religions we see a lot of hate. They share stories, beliefs and traditions but still seem to have a lot of hate to each other. It seems that the intensity of hate (be it to other religions, woman, homosexuals… you name it) is directly related to conservatism. It is understandable that one religion might say it is wrong to do some things, but what I am witnessing lately, mostly on evangelical religions is pure distilled hate.
I live in Brazil, and some evangelical churches are growing rapidly. They are getting involved more and more into politics, making poo poo out of LGBT and woman rights. All because of hate to the ones who are different.
I know evangelical people who don’t act like that. In fact, they are supportive to other communities, and are pretty respectful to the ones who do not follow their beliefs. What makes me really sad is that some priests are making billions out of donations - that are now happily stored on the Cayman Islands. What they say about African religions is extremely disrespectful. In fact, some religions seem to exist only to impose rules and to hate the ones who are not part of them.
I know that this is not the rule, and that the haters are (most of the time) isolated in small groups such as the Westboro Baptist Church (ew.) But on the same time… we see the unsolvable conflict on Israel. We see the director of the human rights chamber in Brazil saying that HIV was a punishment for Africa. We see this same evangelical priest telling that HIV is the gay cancer.
Why can’t people live their own lives? I fight for woman and LGBT rights, but I do not want to forbid religions to exist. In my humble opinion you can believe in Odin and have your own Viking funeral (they are pretty awesome), as long as you don’t interfere with the rights of other people. We see exactly the opposite of that sometimes…
Is religion just an excuse for all the hate or is it the cause and core of the problem?