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Religiously motivated hatred,
animosity, and intolerance,:

See also two closely related sections which
discuss other, even more serious, evils of religion:

Religiously motivated conflict

Religiously motivated murder, terrorism, & genocide

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You might appreciate viewing this You Tube video by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

The ADL created this 80 second video about 2013-MAR-20 to launch their centennial year. It received almost a million views within 8 days. It's theme is that if everyone stood up against bigotry, we would change history. We could live in a world without assassinations, hatred, homophobia, genocide, transphobia, etc. Many people who made contributions to peace and love would still be alive today and contributing to society instead of having been assassinated.

The sound track is John Lennon's "Imagine." Lennon, founder of the Beatles and an advocate for peace was himself assassinated by Mark Chapman who was offended by the song which he regarded as blasphemy.


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Reza Aslan's quotation on the linkage of religion and hatred:

Aslan (1972-) is an Iranian-American writer, scholar of religions and professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Reza Aslan quote


He has written a number of books on religion, including:

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More quotations:


This quote is repeated elsewhere on this web site because we are so fond of it:

A man told his grandson: "A terrible fight is going on inside me -- a fight between two wolves. One is evil, and represents hate, anger, arrogance, intolerance, and superiority . The other is good, and represents joy, peace, love, tolerance, understanding, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, and compassion. This same fight is going on inside you, inside every other person too."
The grandson then asked: "Which wolf will win?" The old man replied simply:  "The one you feed."  Anon.

bullet Toni Morrison (1931-) is an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University. She won the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award and the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her Nobel acceptance speech on 1993-DEC-07 included the following statement:
"Oppressive language does more than represent violence. It is violence. It does more than represent the limits of knowledge, it limits knowledge. ... It must be rejected, altered and exposed. It is the language that drinks blood, laps vulnerabilities, tucks its fascist boots under crinolines of respectability and patriotism as it moves relentlessly toward the bottom line and the bottomed-out mind. Sexist language, racist language, theistic language -- all are typical of the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas." 6
If she were delivering the same speech today, she might well have added oppressive "homophobic language" and "transphobic language" to her list.


Religion can generate great personal commitment and passion, expressed as caring, love, respect, and support for others. It can motivate believers to dedicate their lives to the alleviation of suffering and need. However, it can also motivate people to hate followers of other religions, women, secularists, persons with minority sexual orientations, transgender persons, transssexuals, etc. This can escalate into actions of harassment, conflict, oppression, murder, terrorism and genocide.

This section discusses instances of religious hatred, describes why they occur, and suggests how they might be avoided. Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes to this problem.

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Topics covered in this section:

bulletBackground: We suggest that you read the first seven essays.
bulletRoot causes & examples of religiously-motivated violence, conflict, oppression, etc.

bulletIntroduction: one possible cause
bullet Overview: Positive quotes on how to treat others. Quotations condemning and promoting religious rejection, hatred and violence:

bullet Definitions of "religious tolerance." Quotes on religious intolerance


Recent examples of religious hatred by followers of Abrahamic religions: Part 1   Part 2

bulletCooperation & conflict caused by religious diversity in North America

bulletA new word for religious intolerance & hate: "religism"

bullet"Religism" as defined on the Internet

bulletHow religions change their teachings on hate-related topics: human slavery, the role of women, sexual orientation, and other topics

bulletReligious hate propaganda: one story; many versions; all false

bulletTeaching tolerance, intolerance, etc. in various world religions
bulletAttitudes towards other religions:
bulletWhat believers think of their own religion compared to other faiths

bulletHow Christians view non-Christian Religions

bulletThree Christians disrupt Hindu prayer in Senate

bullet By Americans towards Muslims: An essay donated by Rabbi Allen S. Maller

bullet Prejudice by Americans towards Mormons and Evangelicals Part 1  Part 2;

bulletPrejudice of Americans towards other religions

bulletOther information:
bulletThe "silence of the [religious] lambs:" Religious inactivity as the world burns

bullet True Believers in the United States of Hate

bulletChurch membership and level of prejudice

bulletOther considerations: tenacity of belief, problem of Hell

bulletEvangelical Christian video game

bulletUnited Nations' Declarations on Religious Intolerance

bulletReducing religion-inspired conflict:
bulletBy balancing organized religions' expectations

bulletBy removing passages from holy books that promote hatred, violence, etc.
bulletA listing of some of the above passages in the Bible

bulletBy proper use of the Golden Rule

bulletBy modifying how religion is taught

bulletThe menorah incident at Billings, MT

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Related menu and essays on this web site:

bulletMenu: Peace and the role of religion

bullet The declaration of the Global Ethic

bulletThe principles of the Global Ethic

bullet Ethics of reciprocity

FYI: Useful references:

  1. "Imagine a World Without Hate" video by the ADL, 2013-MAY, at:
  2. David Barrett et al., editors of the "World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative survey of churches and religions - AD 30 to 2200." Oxford University Press, (2001). Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store
  3. Deborah Caldwell, "The Problem With Monotheism: Why the world's two largest faiths, Christianity and Islam, have a tendency to 'turn evil'." A Beliefnet  interview of Charles Kimball, at:
  4. Charles Kimball, "When Religion Becomes Evil," Harper SanFrancisco, (2002). Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store
  5. "Imagine a World Without Hate" video by the ADL,
  6. Toni Morrison, "Nobel Lecture," Nobel Prize, 1993-DEC-07, at: lists the following books under the topic "religious hatred."

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Reports on oppression and hatred involving, in part, religion:

bulletU.S. State Department's annual human rights reports: The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the U.S. Department of State publishes Country human rights and religious freedom reports annually. Sadly, although the reports catalog human rights abuses and victories in over 175 countries, it neglects conditions within the U.S. itself. See:
bullet "monitors the evolving problem of online bigotry. Visit their news feed or their web site.

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Originally written: 2000-JUN-4
Latest update: 2018-OCT-31
Author: B.A. Robinson

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