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Beware of bigotry and false religion

Religious bigotry is a problem today.

While we might think we only see it in the streets of Iran or Egypt, and congratulate ourselves for being extremely tolerant when it comes to religious freedom, we still need to make progress in this area.

A close look at our attitudes reveals a drastic need for improvement in our understanding of religious tolerance as a fundamental pillar of the American Constitution.

It is widely believed that, throughout history, more people have been killed in the name of religion than any other cause. Often, religious crusaders are so certain that only they can be right, that they stop at nothing to either convert others or eliminate them.

Certainly the Islamic extremists of today feel that way, just as Christian crusaders felt years ago.

This history of intolerance by some religious adherents has understandably caused many people to shun religion and to look unfavorably upon those seen as religious.

As a Christian, I can fully understand the aversion to religious extremism and hypocritical religious propaganda put in place to create wealth and maintain positions for very few leaders.

Jesus Christ also would have an aversion to this kind of false religion. He preached love, acceptance and forgiveness. Even though he was all powerful, he had a humble life directed toward improving the life of others, but the Christian movement that he started has been so distorted by some that is sometimes hard to recognize it today.

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