John Galliano and Orange County protests: what motivates religious hate?

By Eboo Patel and Samantha Kirby. This week, lauded Christian Dior designer John Galliano was fired for anti-Semitic comments he … Continued

By Eboo Patel and Samantha Kirby.

This week, lauded Christian Dior designer John Galliano was fired for anti-Semitic comments he uttered in a private conversation in a Parisian bar. He addressed those at his table with things like: “I love Hitler” ”People like you would be dead” and “Your mothers, your forefathers” would all be ”gassed.”

John Galliano is gone. Christian Dior wasted no time in firing him – it doesn’t matter how talented someone is, it doesn’t neutralize their prejudice.

On February 13, a Southern California branch of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) held a relief dinner to raise money for women’s shelters, homelessness and hunger relief. On the night of the dinner, community members had to walk through a mob of agitated protesters to enter the mosque.

Picture a young girl in a pink headscarf walking hand in hand with her parents, a community gathering to raise money for charity, wide-eyed teens going to a dinner to run around with their friends. Imagine how they felt being bombarded with comments like, “Muhammad was a child molester. Muhammad was a pervert.” “Why don’t you go beat up your wife – it’s what you do every night?” “Get out of here. Go home.”

Galliano was drunk. The only fluid we know for sure that motivated the protesters in Yorba Linda was hate.

The leadership at Christian Dior knew that hate speech about the Holocaust cuts to the deepest level of anti-Semitism. They did what we expect leaders to do in this case – they acted responsibly and put a stop to it.

What is deeply disturbing about the protests in Yorba Linda is that elected community leaders egged on the hate and elevated the rhetoric to a whole new level of violence.

In the words of Villa Park City Councilwoman Deborah Pauly, “I know quite a few Marines who will be very happy to send these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise.” Pauly’s words all but negate one protester’s defense that “This is not about hate. We are not hate mongers.”

But if the idea that the protest was not about hate is laughable, the idea that the protest was American is disgraceful. Congressman Gary Miller applauded the protest: “That’s the reason I’m here today to give you a flag. I’m proud of you and what you’re doing.” The only thing equal to the sadness of watching these children be derided at a fundraiser for a women’s shelter is seeing the American flag be used as a weapon of scorn.

The bottom line is that Galliano lost more than his cool that night in Paris – he lost his job and his reputation. He’s now being put on trial for racial hatred, and has since apologized and promised to seek help.

America, too, lost something that night in Yorba Linda. The forces of prejudice were louder than the forces of pluralism. Our values were twisted, our flag was misused.

But here’s the glimmer of hope: now that we know what the stakes are, let’s make sure we don’t lose the next night.

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  • numbersch13

    Terrible as it my seem what Galliano said, where is your outrage that there is a law that criminalizes speech?Of all people, Mr. Patel and Ms. Kirby, as journalists, you should not have to be encouraged to make that basic observation.Because of this, your reporting will lose any credibility, and readers.

  • resjudicata

    “The only thing equal to the sadness of watching these children be derided at a fundraiser for a women’s shelter is seeing the American flag be used as a weapon of scorn.”, you of course mean when Obama and Pelosi refered to conservatives as “wrapping themselves in the flag, clutching their bibles” as offensive, because only religious people would do that right? You mean how WaPo supported the Westboro Baptist Church’s case because how terrible would it be that hate speech be banned, as you lament in this article. Or do you mean ONLY the you “people” in the press should be able spew misinformation, hate, and lies in the name of freedom of speech? What would happen to WaPo, HuffPo, NYT, MSNBC, LAT, or Fox if there actually were civility laws?

  • abrahamhab1

    “On February 13, a Southern California branch of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) held a relief dinner to raise money for women’s shelters, homelessness and hunger relief.”Maybe those who made those hurtful remarks were not convinced that the money raised was for the stated purpose and not to support individuals and groups who wish to harm America. Is this a farfetched assumption when evidence after evidence show individuals and groups claiming to be “Muslim” have perpetrated almost every terrorist action against innocent civilians.

  • Farnaz2Mansouri21

    The YEmeni Jews, Ebbo? The targeting of Jews at Mumbai because they were Jews, Eboo?The WEstboro Baptist Church, and the funerals of gay servicemen? The funerals of Jews?It jes’ ain’t all about Vous.

  • mberenson

    The difference between this protest, John Galliano, and the fringe Westboro members is that elected officials actively participated. They incited these ignorant, rabid fanatics, praised their vile, hateful behavior as a showing of patriotism, and threatened the lives of the Muslims who were peacefully gathering. Whether or not their actions are legally protected by the Constitution is not the point–the point is these are leaders of political parties who are inciting ignorant people into disgusting, xenophobic behavior. It is indefensible. Thank you for a well-written, important article.

  • Farnaz2Mansouri21

    Funny thing, Eboo. I just did a quick search of this blog, seeking reactions to the Juan Williams affair. Williams, as you know, if you listened to the entire tape, was speaking against stereotyping Muslims.STill he was fired, although it seems that his offending remark was not the sole cause.There was not a single Jew posting who considered the Juan Williams fiasco in light of Rep Cynthia McKinney’s contemporaneous antisemitic rant. Ah…don’t recall your posting on Congresswoman McKinney either, Eboo. (It’s not all about Muslim Vous.)

  • treetopsfarm

    I suspect that anti-semitism is going to increase worldwide due to Israel. Israel has been taken over by religious fantics that more than match the ayatollahs. Former Chtef Rabbi Yosef, leader of the Shaa Party in the government,claims that non-Jews were created, like donkeys to serve the Jews. The goverment was silent on his view of a Jewish “master race”. Then we have the popular book “Torat Hamelech” written by two Rabbis and supported by many more. The book is a justification for Jews to kill non-Jews and even their babies pre-emptively since non-Jews are born “uncompassionate”. What sort of anti- is this. Other Rabbis call for the annihilation of all Arabs, using Palestinian children as “human shields” etc.,etc. The world is noticing these comments and one can only wonder how many Israelis believe them. It appears that the Shaa’s and settlers do. Unless Jews worldwide begin complaining about this fanaticism and ending support for the government, I fear anti-semitism will increase.

  • Farnaz2Mansouri21

    Unless Jews worldwide begin complaining about this fanaticism and ending support for the government, I fear anti-semitism will increase.Posted by: treetopsfarm | March 5, 2011 6:49 AM And, then, too, I fear that nti-Christianity/Catholicism is going to increase worldwide. Unless Christians worldwide start complaining about the antics of BP, Exxon-Mobile, Conoco-Philllips, total, Itlaian-Lybian oil, etc., and their subsidiaries–wily Brits, the US, France, Italy, Germany, etc, anti-Christianity/Catholicism will increase worldwide (it already has). Unless Catholics start complaining loud and clear about the antics of Vatican Bank (eighth largest money-launderer in the world, ahead of Lichtenstein and the Bahamas), anti-Christianity/Catholicism will increase worldwide. I fear that until the Christians/Catholics purger their PsychoTestament of its antisemitism, anti-Christianity/Catholicism will increase worldwide. I fear that unless the Vatican returns to the survivors and heirs the loot its two hundred nazi Utase priests stole from the Jews, Serbian Orthodox, and Roma those priests personally tortured to death, anti-Christianity/Catholicism will increase worldwide. I fear that until Muslims worldwidw stop their hatred and persecution of Jews, Christians, HIndus, B’hai, gays and women, anti-Islam will increase worldide. I fear that until Muslims stop blowing up people in their own and host countries anti-Islam will increase worldwide. I fear that until Quoran is purged of its hatred of minorities, anti-Islam will increase. I fear that until the Hindus end caste, persecution of Muslims in India, Kasmir, anti-Hinduism will increase worldwide

  • Kingofkings1

    MBerson wrote:Agreed. So what’s the next logical step if the hateful politicians get rewarded for their hateful activities rather than getting punished like Galliano?

  • YEAL9

    Not losing sight about Islam based on the following partial list of koranic-driven acts of terror and horror:The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century■”The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. ” and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.and more recently1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,483 and 925 in non combt roles. 5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban. 10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror 11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead, 14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane’s wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.15) Followed by the daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings every day in the terror world of Islam.16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.17) The killing of 58 Iraqi Christians in a Catholic church 18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

  • Chops2

    All forms of religious extremism are ludicrous. Virgins cant have babies, god doesn’t speak to people cause he doesnt exist and if he did, why is he telling some people to be Muslims and others Chrsitians? It makes no sense, its all rubbish. Wake up

  • shewholives

    Time to stop playing the “santimonious victim.” That ship has sailed. Muslims are reaping what they have sown. You are not innocent.

  • shewholives

    Speaking of Orange County, why are you ignoring the hatred emanating from the Muslim Student Association in colleges in Anaheim. It got so bad, some Muslim students were arrested and deservedly so. When you purposely ignore known facts that don’t fit your narrative, you lose all credibility.

  • DaveHarris

    It’s a good question, and one which is seldom directly asked. Hatred doesn’t seem to be about the theology itself, but rather a secondary phenomenon spawned in the minds of some people. The religion becomes a rationale for believing that the ‘faithful’ are intrinsically better than ‘nonbelievers’, and therefore their hatred of nonbelievers and the criminal violence which follows is justified. One could ask if it’s really religious belief that’s driving the behavior, or are these just criminals rationalizing the crimes that they would commit anyway? Does it really make any difference?

  • jcshoosierhouse

    well now…since america was basically founded by people who were persecuted for their beliefs, you would think we would have more tolerance for others. apparently not. to paraphrase a brilliant man, mark twain, it’s better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. these protesters say they don’t hate but every time they open their mouth, they confirm how ignorant and how much they do hate. it’s a completely sad commentary on today’s society. i wish they all had better things to do that night.

  • homer4

    Religion and hate go hand-in-hand. Why is anyone surprised when practically every religion teaches hatred of those people who don’t believe exactly as they do.

  • andyinbethesda

    Eboo, once again the hate spewing “christian” right attacks you as soon as you post. Thank you for being a voice of reason and for your work on interfaith dialogue. We need you deeply in this country, and in this world, please don’t ever give up the discussion/vision.

  • Nymous

    I’ve grown used to Christian hate. It’s what they do the most, it’s what they’re known for. I have no respect for any religion that tolerates and teaches hate.

  • Nymous

    I love how many of the commenters can’t restrain themselves from frothing off with wicked hate. There’s not a good Christian amongst them. Using their own theology they’ll be first through the gates of their fictional hell.

  • jamalmstrom

    Justice Holmes had it right: Certainty leads to violence.

  • patmatthews

    Christians do not see them selves acting just like the Islamic Fundamentalists, biased against any other religion. How do Christains square thge positiomn they act just like the Muslims they hate, and advertise their religion just as poorly, as Christains think Muslims perform.I find the way American Christians act as shameful, while pointing out the failings of Muslims world-wide. Christians do not allow Women equal rights; pro-lfe; and complain how Muslims do not allow Women to have equal rights; Sharia law; just like American men treat their women, second class, telling them whether they can have children or not.

  • Knee_Cheese_Zarathustra

    =======The same thing that motivates religion to begin with: fear and stupidity.–faye kane, homeless idiot-savant

  • jckdoors

    Religion causes religious hate. Small minds are easily angered.

  • MrMeaner

    Well guess what, Eboo?The ICNA has promoted terrorism for years.More on ICNAWe’ll stop hating you, when you stop teaching your children to kill

  • jfv123

    What’s the motivation?How about people yelling “Allah Akbar!”When Muslims stop killing people in the name of Allah, the “hatred” will ebb away.Most people are too busy trying to survive and improve their own lives, but most people won’t believe the “religion of peace” statements we see in the media while Muslims are attacking non-Muslims on a frequent basis.People would not blame Muslims for an isolated attack by a zealot, but Islam is the only religion with organized killing groups operating in its name on a worldwide basis.That’s the current reality. Current realilty drives perceptions. Change the current reality and the perceptions will change as well.

  • bobdog3

    A Christian apologist here writes: “We cannot endorse the beliefs of Muslims…”Where did Christians get the idea that Muslims are in any way concerned about “Christian endorsement” of what they choose to believe?Christians, on the other hand, cannot fathom how anyone could NOT endorse their brand of god. After all, they are absolutely right – and a couple billion Mulsims/Hindus/Buddists and others are horribly wrong.Religion consistently displays all the social dynamics of a kindergarten sand box – and it would be perversely funny to observe if it wasn’t so damned deadly.

  • lindsaycurren

    It is my firm belief that it is not faith that causes religious hatred,but rather lack of faith.I am a very devoted Christian and I truly believe that Jesus Christ is my savior and the son of God. I am so secure in this knowledge (based as it is in empirical evidence and encounter) that I have no need to deride other religions or to cast scorn on their beliefs. I am taught that God created all things. If I believe this, if I have faith in it, I know that He created all other belief systems for reasons of His own that are too deep and mysterious for me to comprehend. Hatred, judgment and lashing out are the works of the forces of darkness, not of light. God is Love, and God calls on us to act humbly in the presence of our friends and our “enemies,” both real and imagined. Utter faith and submission to God lets us be in this place of humility will full confidence and trust.I am saddened and ashamed that anyone who claims to be a Christian is so uneasy in their faith that they must rally and attack the observances and events of other religions. I cannot but think that they do not really know God, nor have they really encountered Christ. Instead, they have some shadow idea of God’s love, and for that are to be pitied and prayed for. True love and knowledge of God and Christ and the Holy spirit imparts great humble confidence and faith that has no need to prove or conquer or destroy.

  • robertjames1

    History repeats itself.Christian Americans attack Moslems because they are xenophobes. They use demeaning language and false claims because they want to crush and hurt the Moslems.It may occur to them that they own their bigotry and that because they are cruel does not mean that Moslems are also cruel.These so-called Christians refuse to take responsibility for their own bigotry.When Afro-Americans campaigned in the 1960s to have their equal rights recognised Christian Americans behaved in a similar way. The white community hated the black community because they were different. The whites blamed blacks for the white hostility.

  • washpost18

    Whole lot of fatwa envy being displayed here as well.

  • AMviennaVA

    YEAL9 | March 7, 2011 8:32 AM: Yours is a misplaced, and misguided zeal. Always keep in mind:1. The Christian community of Palestine, the oldest in the world, survived thousands of years of Muslim occupation, but was eradicated within 30 years of the arrival of the British;2. The Christian community of Iraq, the oldest in the world, survived thousands of years of Muslim occupation, but lost most of its members within 3 years of the Americans’ arrival!These are two glaring examples. For better or worse, many areas where Baptists and Evangelicals dominate here in the US have a very long history of intolerance and violence against everyone not like them. Why, for a long time it was built into the fabric of their society, itself. For that matter, many want to recreate it today!

  • rbsher

    What promotes Christian Hate? Could it be those who are preaching have all the answers but they do not allow for any questions! The world would be at PEACE if there was no RELIGION.

  • lufrank1

    Answer: The Ignorance in Religion!

  • CalmTruth

    ANSWER: Intolerance of people practicing that particular religion toward other people.

  • bpai_99

    This of course is a rhetorical question. Religious faith is the #1 cause of hatred and bigotry in the world.

  • Jerusalimight

    Wouldn’t it be nice if religion could be confined to Sunday School. Making nice all the time.What about evil? Is it wrong to hate mass murderers, or people who corrupt innocent people?If you are kind and helpful to people who want to do evil, you are helping evil. Is that ‘just beautiful?’ Or is it wrong?

  • limpscomb

    Much of the greatest and deepest hatred in this world is due to people who are convinced that the deity they worship is the ONLY right deity, and their practice is the ONLY right practice.In the word “worship” is the word “worth.” Where do you find your worth? And for those who use religion to find their worth, when it is threatened by anyone else’s belief, they immediately close their minds and their hearts and begin to find their worth in hatred.

  • rbsher

    I quote Bishop Fulton Sheen, who many years ago had this to say:”If you could gt religion like a Baptist,

  • Nymous

    Robert James (1), It’s spelled “Muslim”. Why should anyone either bother to take what you say at all seriously if you can’t spell that correctly? You seem like you might be the same person as “christy42” since both of you rant the same stupid crap, using the same stupid mistakes…And what does it say for the rest of you who want to take this topic as an opening to vomit forth with yet more hate? Certainly you can’t be considering yourselves actual Christians, because that would make your behavior sinful. You know, hate IS a sin in your theology, one of those things you most certainly damn yourself with by practicing.

  • GDWymer

    Always amused by this column.

  • YEAL9

    Our continuing War on Terror!!(for those with short memories)Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed as of 8/10/2010 mostly due the Shiite and Sunni suicide bombers.- Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,- Saddam, his sons and major henchmen have been deleted. Saddam’s bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.- Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)- North Korea is still uncivil but is contained. – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.- The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!- Bin Laden has been cornered under a rock in Western Pakistan since 9/11.- Fanatical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.- Timothy McVeigh was executed. Terry Nichols will follow soon.- Eric Rudolph is spending three life terms in prison with no parole. – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the “nuns” from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished. – Islamic Sudan, Darfur and Somalia are still terror hot spots. – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Radovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina’s secession from Yugoslavia.- And of course the bloody terror brought about by the Japanese, Nazis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

  • Zotz123

    God loves everyone who believes in and worships him, Christian, Muslim and Jew. What counts after faith is love, love for one’s fellow beings of all kinds, regardless of religion or species. Just because there is a small number of people in each religion who are hateful and evil does not justify in any possible sense the expansion of blame to cover their perfectly civilized co-believers. All too many of us take the misdeeds of a tiny few as an excuse to power up on hatred toward a large body of people of the same faith. So many of us want desperately to find an outlet for our hatred and our rage and pick on perfectly upstanding members of a foreign religion. In our times, we know for a fact and have experienced this with regard both to Jews and to Muslims. In ancient times, as all too many forget, Christians too were persecuted and killed in the same manner and with the same lack of proof and reason. A small minority of Muslims has and is proving to be a real world menace. But it’s a small minority. I’m not a Muslim. I’m not some idiot left-winger. I’m calling it as I see it from the newspapers, the internet and TV.

  • watchmaker

    AREYOUSAYING: Every despicable act you mentioned was planed and carried out by individuals, not by religions.You are advocating collective guilt as a proper response to these atrocities. That is certainly normal human behavior, as it is much easier to blame people we perceive as different from us — and blaming an entire group is much easier than blaming an individual. Especially when you have never met a member of that group.So, are you saying that as punishment for 9/11 every Muslim in the world is guilty and should be put to death? Are you saying that all Catholics in the world are guilty of the sexual abuse committed by some priests? Should all Catholics be required to register as sex offenders when they get out of prison? Are you saying that all Catholics currently alive are guilty of the Inquisition, which happened 500 years ago? Should all Catholics be executed as punishment for something that happened hundreds of years before they were born?Where exactly in your worldview does collective guilt end? Should all living Germans be held responsible for the holocaust? Should all living Japanese be held responsible for Pearl Harbor and the invasions of Korea and China?Are you saying that if your neighbor robs a bank you should be thrown in jail because of proximity to the guilty party?Just exactly what _are_ you saying?

  • docmaxx

    “I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society.” – George Washington

  • AIPACiswar

    Ok Muhammad wasn’t a child molester. He just married and forced sex on a nine year-old. See how under religion up becomes down?Religion, belief in gods, and especially worship, are all lies. If you have a problem with lies, you have a problem with religion.

  • andrew23boyle

    Faith is belief in the absence of reason. Once it becomes possible to believe in something for no reason, it becomes possible to believe in ANYTHING without reason because the “evidence” for one proposition is as “good” as the other. If one believes there is a path to knowledge OTHER than observation and rational demonstration, one can be convinced of ANYTHING in which one WANTS to believe.There is every bit as much “evidence” in “scripture”, for example, that one attains entry to Paradise by blowing up infidels as there is that one makes it Heaven by doing good works. That is to say there is NO evidence for either proposition other than what it says in the Bible, Koran or what-have-you and THOSE are all matters of interpretation. Since ALL these interpretations are based on “faith”, none can be rationally demonstrated to be more correct than another.This ability to believe ANYTHING for literally no reason, combined with absolute chauvinistic certainty in one’s own “beliefs” that faith confers, is the root of religious violence.

  • Godfather_of_Goals

    Religion-based hatred against another is based entirely on the massive, gaping holes in one’s own belief system, and the corresponding hypocrisy of one’s own behavior, and the instinct to avoid ever thinking seriously about them. Period.

  • Garak

    Hatred is inherent in religion, and in monotheism in particular. When you possess the exclusive knowledge of what god wants, all others are be definition wrong about god. When you’re wrong about god and insist on being wrong, you oppose god. If you oppose god, you are the enemy of god. If you are the enemy of god, you must be hated.

  • Garak

    @yeal9: What about the 6 million Jews killed by Christian Adolf Hitler? The 40 million Native Americans killed by Christian European colonists? The 10 million Muslims–and Orthodox Christians–killed by the Crusaders?All in the name of self-delusional vampire-wanna-be Jesus.Muslims have a long, long, long, l o n g way to go before they match Jesus’ record of genocide and murder.

  • Utahreb

    Hatred most often is based on fear – fear of the unknown, fear of having one’s lifestyle challenged.Fear in religion is the fear of one group that another might have more power over the people in a city, state, region, country. Christians fear Islam, Jews fear Christians, members of Islam fear Jews – and so on. Each group challenges the other for power.It is nothing more or less than a power struggle.

  • northernharrier

    What motivates religious hatred? The answer is simple: bigotry, passed down from generation to generation; and religions that teach their followers that their faith is the one “true” faith.

  • YEAL9

    The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Othero The Muslim Conquest of India “The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. “Rank Death Toll Cause Centuries Religions/Groups involved1 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and “Shintoists”)2 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)4 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)5 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)6 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)20 million Joseph Stalin 20C8 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)9 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C10 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)11 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians) 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C- 19C (Christians)13 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C14 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C10 million Xin Dynasty 1C16 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)17 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans)19 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians) 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

  • washpost18

    The one bright side to take away from the comments left here by the Xtianists is that they’ve finally given up their pretensions of moral superiority. Now if they’d just stop putting all their energy for making things better into worshiping a magical sky fairy they could start to be part of the solution rather than the core of the problem.

  • therev1

    Hate is not so much fear as ignorant imbecility. The first poster couldn’t resist going immediately to a hateful scree. Too many others have followed. Elected officials feel they can spew hate because their constituents are morons and like their hate speech. Heard that tune before? Today is the anniversary of the confrontation at the bridge in Selma in 1965.

  • submarinerssn774

    yes, its a shame, but sometimes they bring it on themselves. religion is supposed to be a private thing between you and God. when you shove it in people’s faces constantly, there’s bound to be a backlash.

  • jillrocks2011

    In my life I have come to realize that religion was made by committee, and placed to control the masses. People have died, and wars fought over it. Jesus is real. He taught us how to live and how to treat each other. Man has yet to realize that God is the creator and master of all consciousness. God is the master of all universes and dimensions. Mans expression of Gods will has not grown his humanity. Mans selfishness always will conflict with Gods hope for growth of our humanity. Everything that we enjoyed in life we could have in the next life, because even water has consciousness. If we could only learn to listen to god when he gives us the answers to our most heartfelt and honest questions. I wonder when man will recognize when the devil is talking to him and we as people will learn how to bring out the god that is in each and every one of us… Jesus is the answer, but you have to look to more than just the bible to find his real story and truth. Not to judge anyone else, but; We all know some people that we know who, will not be back. I say that because God does that too…

  • allknowingguy

    What motivates religious hatred?Religion.Get rid of religion, get rid of the hate.

  • iamweaver

    According to at least one participant in the rally, the video (currently pulled from WaPo) spliced together two different rallys that were both close to the center, but separated by time (you can search for it by looking on the Orange County website, OCweekly). The close-ups of the politicians took place well before the evening protest which was supposed to be a peaceful event directed solely at the controversial speakers for the event.But as should surprise no one, especially the ones who organized the evening event, the crowd that came was more interested in pursuing anti-Muslim hatred than actually protesting the views of the speakers. The inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric that’s visible or audible pretty much every day is bound to have that kind of ffect on us.

  • cellus

    It is hard to take the Washington Post seriously when they print drivel like this.

  • exile_from_virginia

    Okay, so a modicum of Google turns up websites inciting people on the following basis: the ICNA had invited two inflammatory speakers, one of whom has been reported to say that Jews are the new Nazis, and that he supports Hezbollah, Hamas, et al.I’ll grant that it may be true, but that’s what these people heard. Gee, Mr. Patel, don’t you think that information would provide some context to the video? or does context only matter when Muslim speakers say something inflammatory?

  • wireman65

    Religious hate is caused by the deluded thinking that their version of the majic sky giant is superior to others’ versions and those others are somehow diminished by their belief in the inferior majic sky giant. They are, therfore, worthy of disdain.

  • TomfromNJ1

    The criticism of Christians here is exactly what these people are doing criticizing Muslims. Indeed there were people who called themselves Christians who opposed Civil Rights, owned slaves, etc. But there were people who were truly Christians (both black and white) who risked life and limb to protest for Civil Rights. They were the real Christians as in “no greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for another.”The whole concept of Christian Conservative is in my mind an oxymoron. In my lifetime, the conservatives have opposed all the things I think a Christian should stand for — not just civil rights, but also helping the poor and helping heal the sick. Now this is not based on a party for as much as the Republicans are now seen as conservative, when I was a boy the great opposition to civil rights came from the Southern conservatives who were Democrats. After LBJ signed the Civil Rights Bill, many of them became Republicans. But any true Christian has to know that the Bible has a lot to say about such things as GIVING to the poor, turning the other cheek, the difficulty of the rich gaining the kingdom of heaven, etc. But too many conservatives choose to ignore what Jesus stressed and focus instead on abortion and gay people. That is easy, I am not gay and it would be impossible to have an abortion. BUT loving my enemy is a challenge. No, whenever I hear someone wanting to paint all Muslims with the properties of the Islamic fundamentalists who might be zealots, I always hope they never try to identify all Christians with the properties of these so-called Christians who only seem to know hate.

  • goheen1

    What motivates religious hate? Is that a koan or just a joke? The answer is found, as are most answers, within the question.Religious hate is redundant.And how can anyone watch that video and not be ashamed for America? Again, the answer is within the question.

  • temartin

    Religion causes Religious hate.Silly question.

  • eezmamata

    Religion motivates religious hate.That two different religions claim with absolute certainty that each has the absolute certain truth and all others will send you to hell means that at least one of them is absolutely WRONG.If someone else believing in another religion just as passionately and blindly as you believe in yours is so wrong, maybe you’re wrong too.They hate each other for proving how wrong someone with absolute blind faith can be.And remember also, early infection with religion infantilizes that part of the human mind that makes religion possible. Religious believers are brats who can’t handle other kinds of children on the playground.

  • YEAL9

    Is Eboo Patel actually working for a better world or is he simply another money-making evangelist in the Islamic mold? Non-profits do not pay taxes on dividends, interest or capital gains.Did Eboo Patel’s Interfaith Youth Core work for Obama’s election campaign as we see Eboo is not only on the recent Chicago Council of Global Affairs’ task force but also on Obama’s Faith advisory council?Did a Faith Initiative grant from the State Department help defray the cost of CCOGA’s report and Mr. Patel’s task force pay?

  • bobdog3

    God is love; religion is hatred.

  • genericrepub

    Hate is a two way street and that is unfortunate. Christians can’t openly worship in Saudi Arabia. You can be beaten for wearing a necklace with a cross on it. Hospital workers at a Baptist hospital in the Middle East were shot for working in a Christian hospital to meet the needs of the needy in that area. If a Muslim converts to Christianity, he and his family can be killed or maimed. If a Christian converts to Islam, family members are saddened. Christians by and large do not hate Muslims. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were to try and bring freedom to them to pursue religious freedom and other freedoms. For those protesting against radical Muslims, a better approach would be to pray for them. We cannot endorse the beliefs of Muslims or the violence that seems epidemic to their religion. We can though tolerate their freedom to worship their god in their Mosques without rankor.

  • chopin224

    So it has come to this. What’s next Krystalnacht? First they came for the Muslims but I didn’t speak up because I am not a Muslim, Next they came for the Catholics… etc. etc. There is nothing new under the sun. What a disgusting display. Organized religion is the source of most of the world’s problems. A pox on all of your houses.

  • Chagasman

    The protesters at this hate rally are sick, evil people. The politicians who spoke at the rally in Yorba Linda should all be impeached and thrown out of office for inciting to riot. Watching the news film is enough to make one puke. This is what the racist policies of the Republican party has come to: fascism at its worst. Christian fascism. I am ashamed of my country and fear for its future.

  • acebojangles

    Wow, some of you who’ve posted here need to reevaluate your reasoning. Some Muslims have done bad things, so it’s OK to hatefully protest teenage girls attending a fundraiser? Mr. Patel hasn’t reported on everything you want him to, so you can disregard what he does post about?

  • truth34

    In the 60s mostly Catholics were very anti-Jewish. Who knows maybe the good Lord brought these Muslims in as a result.

  • karlmarx2

    Many people have tiny minds which they have emptied of thought and stuffed with religion. Not much can be done about it. It seems to be a common human weakness. It’s one of those things the rest of us just have to deal with.

  • WESHS49

    Religious hatred is partly the result of bigotry and hatred preached and promoted by politicians and members of some religions.

  • hebe1

    But that crazy church can picket funerals spewing hate crime language? Let’s be fair here -we do have freedom of speech -and I don’t think flu flu designer boy should be put on trial; fired yes, trial no.But to answer the question religion is what drives religious hatred. The three main religions are monotheisms, which think that they are the one and only and all others are doomed. As long as people define themselves by a monotheism, we will always have such incidents.

  • one_timer

    Certainly religious intolerance plays a large in a lot of the negative discourse that goes around, but the religion itself is that not the primary motivator for hateful speech. Humans, and indeed many animals, “click-up”, form groups and generally treat outsiders with scorn and disdain. It’s only natural and in many instances to the benefit of the groups. My point is that religious groups need to overcome the cognitive dissonance that clouds the opinions of nearly all groups.The groups that chant the loudest and shrillest are simply afraid of what they don’t understand. I don’t want to put down religion, but it clearly has the largest challenge to overcome (due to its importance to many and its stated divine origins). The Muslims certainly don’t want to be defined by the very few who practice violent jihad and the Christians don’t want to defined by the likes of the Army of God or the actors involved with the crusades. If both groups learned to react with this understanding, I believe a lot of the issues would work themselves out. I’m not holding my breath, but it would be nice.

  • sauron

    People who are insecure in their own faith tend to viciously attack those they view as a threat to their percieved notion of their own “way of life”. Unfortunately, in these days of so-called “tolerance” fewer people are willing to allow that other people don’t think the same way. Homosexuals tend to throw the word “hate” at Christians when they don’t agree with them on whether it is a “lifestyle” or “genetic”. Christians respond by rejecting anyone who is homosexual from any other potentially positive contribution that person may offer ( e.g. Opposition to gays in the military). Muslims threaten death to anyone who disparages Mohammed as anything less then the Prophet or even draw an illustration. Jews (throughout history) have been blamed for any bad thing that happens because it is easier to blame than coming up with actual solutions to problems. They were “different” and kept to themselves mostly so they must be the problem.Until we as a society actually use real “tolerance” (I.e. Accept that others have different views and perspectives than your own) this problem will remain and get worse. Note that I am not referring to the politically correct version of “tolerance” where all ideas and perspectives are considered equally valid. That waters down and takes away the very things that makes individuals unique. Rather, I am referring to a perspective where disagreements can be discussed, even argued. Allow for honest, civil debates rather then attacks and counter-attacks. However, if no one is able to convince the other, then we can agree to disagree. Opposition to your own ideas does not denote a right to maliciously use verbal and/or physical attacks on the other side. Everyone has a right to make a case for their viewpoint, not shut down dissenting opinions. When we can get back to being civil in our disagreements then I think these types of incidents will be the exception rather than the norm.

  • Javabean

    Jews in 1932 numbered 33 million. In 1947 the World Jewish Congress counted 32 million Jews. Can Jews count? 6 million, 32 million? Er, Mascmen7, Judaism is a religion, not a species. People can convert to religions, babies are born, and you know in 1947 it was a bit safer to say that you’re Jewish than it was in 1932.In any case, it would be much better if religion was kept from influencing public policy. Religious hate comes in part from a refusal to accept that your way isn’t the only way. There would be a lot fewer problems if people stopped trying to force others to live by their religious beliefs.

  • Hawkestreet1

    Although I do believe in the cliché, “The devil hides in the church” I also believe that some churches do good things; however I also believe that religion is a primitive human instinct that is on it’s way out…

  • ozpunk

    What motivates religious hate? Easy, religion does.

  • weylguy

    I believe all religion-based hatred is born out of the fear of death. Once a person sets up a system for dispelling that fear, regardless of how insane it is, he will try to kill, banish or marginalize anyone who raises serious doubts about the belief. The fear of death is like a zombie. You can bury it, and perhaps live your entire life without having to think about it seriously again, but scientific and archaeological discoveries and opposing religious tenets can always be used to bring it back to life. That is why fundamentalist Christians in this country are so intolerant toward other beliefs and why they absolutely detest science and rationality. They are, as writer Susan Jacoby says, “semi-conscious.”Ignorance is indeed bliss.

  • MidwaySailor76

    Terrible as it my seem what Galliano said, where is your outrage that there is a law that criminalizes speech?Of all people, Mr. Patel and Ms. Kirby, as journalists, you should not have to be encouraged to make that basic observation.Because of this, your reporting will lose any credibility, and readers.Posted by: numbersch13 As for the Yorba Linda incident, the article doesn’t mention any arrests; the protesters seemed quite free to spew their venom without legal consequence – as it should be in a free society.So, was there some legal action, either against Galliano or the Yorba Linda protesters, as a result of either incident referred to in the article?

  • DwightCollins

    intolerence is what causes religious hate…

  • DwightCollins

    patel, to you pluralism, is having white women think of you as a GOD…

  • karlmarx2

    muslims are intolerent because they are taught to be that way against Christians and Catholics and Jews to a point of violence…Posted by: DwightCollins | March 8, 2011 6:39 AM Irony, thy name is Dwight.

  • roscym1

    Yeal 9 in his list of statistics seems to think that we didn’t kill any Iraqis or Afhgans, it was all done by “terrorists”. The number of Americans killed is probably closer to 5,000; you have to count the contractors killed as well. During Vietnam most of the contractor jobs were filled by the military.

  • roscym1

    Today is the anniversary of the murder of Christian Indians at Gnadenhutten in 1782 by good Christian Americans. Good to see that Conservative values and views of collective guilt are still alive and strong in the blogs on this site.

  • dgrahamst

    Let’s see…what motivates religious hate? I know this one….it’s right on the tip of my tongue….Oh yeah, RELIGION motivates religious hate! Tha was sure an easy one!

  • YEAL9

    For a list of those Iraqi citizens who have been killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom- see

  • stevebva

    Religions are about division. They divide people. They tell their adherents that they are superior, and that non-adherents are inferior. They tell adherents their path is the only true way to eternal life – and that non-adherents are fated to eternal damnation. I have a gut hunch therein might lie the seeds from which religious hatreds spring, flower and flourish.

  • areyousaying

    Where exactly in your worldview does collective guilt end? Should all living Germans be held responsible for the holocaust? Should all living Japanese be held responsible for Pearl Harbor and the invasions of Korea and China?Are you saying that if your neighbor robs a bank you should be thrown in jail because of proximity to the guilty party?Just exactly what _are_ you saying?Posted by: watchmakerThank you for your response. The acts I mentioned were not random acts of individuals but driven by hateful, intolerant religious dogma. The real problem is when the other members of the religion look the other way. Mormons condoning gay bashing, Catholics hiding their predator priests, Baptists not lifting a finger to stop Fred Phelps from using their name for his church of hate, and Muslims not denouncing their murderous terrorists. Their complicity is not just the act of individuals.

  • peep1935

    I believe that hate is grown from fear and fear is the result of lack of education. If we all would go back to the beginning of religion – way back – we will learn that at one time Christians and Jews were more of a single group and then we Christians (I am an Episcopalian) moved away from the Jews. We will also see that the Moslems were more compassionate to the other groups They did not go into Jeruselum like the Crusaders did later. They did not murder those they conquered like the Crusaders did later when they went into the city and mudered every living being. Let’s clean up our own sins before we lob hate at another life form.

  • jonswitzer

    Galliano was outrageously vile in his comments. He deserves his punishment.HOWEVER, Islam (fundamentalist Islam) has proven incapable of assimilating into liberal democracies in Europe. Sarkozy, Merkl and Cameron have all warned that their countries are losing their liberal democratic SOUL because of the extreme “multiculturalism” being pushed. Liberal Muslims are proving to make their peace with liberal democracy. They are not the problem. It is fundamentalist Islam that seems incapable of making peace with liberal democracy.Fundamentalist Christian and Judaism, on the other hand, were present at the founding of the first liberal Democracy on earth (the United States of America). They made their peace with liberal democracy 200 years ago.

  • ravensfan20008

    What motivates religious hate?Apparently, a failure to read the Bible.

  • TheDiz

    Fear and insecurity.

  • shadow27

    MidwaySailor76 Unlike America there are laws criminalizing pro-Nazi speech in France and Germany.If found guilty the designer could face six months imprisonment or a €22,500 (£19,085) fine.

  • haveaheart

    “John Galliano is gone. Christian Dior wasted no time in firing him – it doesn’t matter how talented someone is, it doesn’t neutralize their prejudice.”Mr. Patel,Christian Dior was absolutely right to fire Galliano. However, don’t delude yourself that the storied fashion house did so to right a moral wrong.This is an industry in which the bottom line is always profits and power, and the competition in haute couture is devilish.Clothe Dior’s apparently ethical action any way you like, but dumping Galliano was the only option the company had to avoid the scalding PR storm that was coming.

  • svato

    You will not eliminate group hatred if you eliminate religion (which I think is impossible): other examples abound. Group hatreds are common among ethnic groups, fans of one football team, social classes, races, political parties, etc.; generally it has to do with competition for power, and it is one of the risks that come with being human. Probably everybody is able to hate, although individuals differ in their inclination to do so (it may have to do with one’s habitual levels of testosterone or other biochemicals). One may decide to control one’s own negative feelings toward another group, but that is rare in Internet comments (it is also almost impossible in a crowd: mobs are irrational).

  • eezmamata

    Galliano was outrageously vile in his comments. He deserves his punishment.There you go, religious hatred right up front, even said proudly.This is why we don’t want people like you in control of other people’s lives.

  • slamming

    Forget about Muslims…we have religious hate right here in the good ole’ USA. As an earlier poster said so well, the “Religious Right” wants to cut ALL lifelines for the poor! Now they have their sights set on community health centers, which are the only means of getting health care for those who have no insurance, AND Head Start, a wonderful program that has been in place and helping poor children since 1965! Eternity is a long time…see how well you ‘religious” , pompous fools do on Judgment Day!!!

  • slamming

    Forget about Muslims…we have religious hate right here in the good ole’ USA. As an earlier poster said so well, the “Religious Right” wants to cut ALL lifelines for the poor! Now they have their sights set on community health centers, which are the only means of getting health care for those who have no insurance, AND Head Start, a wonderful program that has been in place and helping poor children since 1965! Eternity is a long time…see how well you ‘religious” , pompous fools do on Judgment Day!!!

  • bobdog3

    Religion and hatred go hand in hand, and that will never change. It has to be that way.You can’t be santimonious and holy unless you have a “sinful” boogie man (or woman) to hate. You can’t convince stupid people that your religion is better than everyone else’s, unless you hate those who don’t believe exactly as you do.Paul started the Christian ball rolling with his hatred of women, and we have seen that mysogeny through centuries of Roman Catholic domination. The RCs also hated the Jews when it was convenient, particularly when they could steal whatever wealth they had…and then kill them.Homosexuals are a god-send to all religions and their need for hate. They represent all-purpose religious hatred. If you want to find one thing that different religions agree on, it only takes about two seconds for them to agree that they all hate fags.The Muslims need to hate the infidels to justify their murderous ways; and the good Christians need homos to bash so they can all feel superior in their own heterosexuality and convince themselves that to be straight is to be in line with God.Every religious person hates someone, because if they didn’t, they might actually take a careful look at the complete crap they are being told to believe…and many would walk away.

  • Catken1

    “Fundamentalist Christian and Judaism, on the other hand, were present at the founding of the first liberal Democracy on earth (the United States of America). They made their peace with liberal democracy 200 years ago”Nonsense. They fought it then, and they fight it now. Every time a fundamentalist Christian preaches that this is a “Christian nation” (and that therefore the rest of us non-Christians ought to sit down, shut up, and let them tell us what to do and how to live) – every time a fundamentalist Christian preaches that America is going down the tubes because we are no longer punishing gay people for choosing spouses of whom fundamentalist Christian dogma does not approve, or because we treat women as people rather than as baby vessels and housemaids for men, or because we allow atheists and other non-Christian children to attend school without having to pray in a Christian fashion or learn Christian myths as though they were equivalent to real science – every time a fundamentalist Christian attempts to impose Christian rules, Christian laws, and Christian belief systems on non-Christians, they oppose America, liberal democracy, and religious freedom.They’re more subtle than the fundamentalist Muslims, true. But thanks to the Enlightenment, they no longer have as much power even in Christian-dominated countries as fundamentalist Muslims have in Muslim-dominated countries.It’s not something virtuous about fundamentalist Christians that makes religious freedom possible – it’s because the rest of us keep them under control, and do not let them run things. Given equivalent power, they would be and have been just as nasty – witness the laws in Uganda (supported by many of our smuggest, most self-righteous American Christian fundamentalist leaders) that call for execution of gays and lesbians.

  • mascmen7

    Islam is the world’s most violent and intolerant religion killing anyone who converts to another religion or tells the truth about Muhammad who married a 9 year old girl Aisha, his favorite, along with 12 other wives at same time.

  • Catken1

    “Homosexuals tend to throw the word “hate” at Christians when they don’t agree with them on whether it is a “lifestyle” or “genetic”.”No, gay folks use the word “hate” when Christians attack their families, hurt them and their children, and make their lives harder in a million different ways because they don’t approve of their choice of spouse. Christianity is a lifestyle – it isn’t genetic. It’s not hateful of me to say that. But if I were to say that those choosing the Christian lifestyle were sinful, and deserved to burn forever in eternal torment in hell, and that, after my own death, I would be sitting in heaving praising, flattering and fawning on the deity who did this – singing his praises while he makes them scream forever in unending, horrific, unimaginable pain for the crime of believing the wrong thing or choosing the wrong lifestyle (that harmed no one) – that would be hateful. If I tried to use the secular law to bar Christians from marriage, making their families less secure, damaging their lives and their children’s lives, and causing real people lots of real pain just so that I could feel smug in the knowledge that Big Daddy Government says MY marriage is better, healthier, and more moral than THEIRS – that would be hateful, too. If you don’t want to be accused of hate, don’t behave in a hateful manner towards your fellow human beings.

  • bobmoses

    Ah, if only Patel cared about the hate shown to Christians on this very site. Like most liberals, Patel does not believe that it is possible to be bigoted against Christians, regardless of how much evidence stares them in the face.

  • bobmoses

    Look at the hate shown towards religion on this thread. Pretty ironic.

  • ThomasBaum

    GaryD3 You wrote, “The two types hear the same “gospel”. Why does the same word produce someone filled with hate and a Mother Theresa?”By “two types hear the same “gospel””, I would take it, that you are referring to people that would call themselves believers, is this not so?A while back there were postings on here concerning Mother Theresa and some of those that would classify themself as non-believers spewed out such venemous comments concerning Mother Theresa.You then wrote, “Maybe the problem is in the person.”Seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it and as I have said: The True, Living, Triune, Triumphant God is a searcher of hearts and minds, not of religious affiliation or lack thereof.Seems as if it is going to come as quite a shock to both believers and non-believers alike that God looks at the person, not the “label”.See you and the rest of humanity in the Kingdom.Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • garoth

    It’s interesting that all major religions preach tolerance and love, yet so many of their adherents proclaim hatred and intolerance. I remember going to an event, at the behest of a parishioner, where the speaker told such rediculous lies and spewed so much venom that I finally left; after which this person accused me of being “intolerant of the intolerant.” It has become a kind of reverse “political correctness” that we cannot call hate speech hate speech, but dress it in euphimisms like “conservtive” or “liberal” viewpoints. In the article, even the author caves: “Pauly’s words all but negate one protester’s defense that ‘This is not about hate. We are not hate mongers.'” Pauly’s words do not “all but negate” the defense – they show Pauly to be a liar, a teller of untruth. It IS all about hate. When we tell such lies abut others, we diminish them as human beings, which makes it yet easier to attack and dehumanize them. Soon, they are no longer our neighbor or children of God; they are no longer Americans, our friends or neighbors, they are the ones who should “go home” (to where, when they live right around the corner from you?), whom right-thinking Americans ought to, as our patriotic duty, destroy as a menace to civilization and demons. Even if they happen to be just a little girl, dressed in pink, going to a party, raising money to help others.Hatred springs from a peculiar narrow-mindness that is zero-sum in its approach to life, seeing everything as black or white. “If you are right, I am wrong. I cannot be wrong – therefore you must be, and cannot be tolerated, for to tolerate you would be to tolerate evil.” The phenomenon, of course, is not simply confined to religion – as these pages attest.

  • Yankeesfan1

    Why don’t you ask the title question of Sally Quinn? She’s quite anti-religious.

  • remant

    Where does it say all religions preach love? What is “hate speech,” but something defined by those which do?

  • sheilahowison

    Intolerance, and ignorance is the motivation.

  • jKO2010

    When you have Roger Ailes as president of a station that tries to legitimate its deliberate misinformation campaign by referring to itself as a “news” station, you not only get religious bigotry and xenophobic hatred, you also get a steady degradation of our founding principles and a dismantling of democracy.

  • bourassa1

    What motivates religious hate is religion. Every one of these hate-filled protesters was undoubtedly a Christian, probably a born-again.The other thing that motivates religious hate is “conservatism”, which in its extreme form blurs into fascism. Do I even need to ask what party these Linda Yorba politicians came from? Of course I don’t. The writer of this piece didn’t have the balls to point it out, but we all know, don’t we? Sure we do.

  • Billy1932

    The threat of the competition of different thoughts. Fear of the other.

  • Billy1932

    Religion is the curse of the world.

  • doubleduece

    I have often wondered what we did to tick off God that he/she lets this go on and on for as long as history is recorded. Does God have a reasonable answer? I think not anymore.

  • GaryD3

    Religion does strange things sometimes. For some, it empowers people into believing that they, and they only, have a window on the truth and have been specially chosen, and everyone else is wrong (and/or condemned to burn in hell).For others, though, it empowers them to serve others, to speak out for the oppressed, to speak out for justice.The two types hear the same “gospel”. Why does the same word produce someone filled with hate and a Mother Theresa?Maybe the problem is in the person.I’d check out Psychology 101.