I feel like one of the main sources of hatred in the world is religion. I am not saying it is the only one, there are several. But I think it is a big source of hatred. This is my opinion which does not make it a fact in any way, shape or form.
Maybe not all religions are guilty but I feel like we should examine being a member of a group (religions as a strong example). I think groups instill control on their members be it political parties, countries or religions. I think it is smart to think and feel and I think it is good to be an individual.
I see/hear of people saying “my god is better than yours”. People kill others in the name of their god(s), the Westboro Baptist Church pickets. They (the Westboro Baptist Church) were rumored to have picketed Ronnie James Dio’s funeral. His loved ones were mourning and his fans felt heartfelt remorse because their legend had died. That does not matter though because “god hates Ronnie James Dio”. I do not see how you can justify hatred for such a tragic thing as the death of an individual. Someone once told me that Pokemon was evil because it was created by a satanist. That makes no sense to me whatsoever. I just feel like I see/hear a lot of hatred in the name of a religion.
I am not saying all religious people are bad, I have met a ton of religious people from different faiths, people who were so nice to me. I think religion can bring together a group of people and instill community. However, I do not think we need religion to be good people, I think we all have that capability. I think we feel like we need religion for any number of reasons such as generational or cultural reasons. I think it is for an older world and does not fit in our current social ecosystem.
I have been told “You’re going to hell” for everything from listening to Black Sabbath, playing Magic The Gathering and not having a religion. I was just minding my own business. How am I going to your hell if I do not even believe in that?
I honestly feel that religion does cause hatred. I think it makes us feel like those who are different from us, those who believe in another god are inhuman or evil.
What I am trying to say is, and there is no right answer, I think religion can foster hatred. I also believe there is historical evidence as proof. I think the people in power in those religions attempt to use it as a means of control, as a means of power.
I choose not to have a religion and not to believe in anything. However, that does not make me a bad person. In the same respect, choosing to have a religion does not make you a bad person. Neither does someone having a religion differing from yours make them a bad person.
As a final thought, maybe the people in power are the real bad people? Maybe they want us to hate each other because that takes the focus away from their wrong doings?