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Why are so many religious people less passionate about their beliefs and more passionate about being hateful?

It seems like religious people now spend more time using their beliefs to hurt and offend others rather than being respectful and peaceful and enjoying the passion that put into their religion? (Not trying to be hateful, just want some opinions.)

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At least you asked for opinions, because you certainly provided no facts or examples of what you mean. I do not see how someone could objectively or rationally even make such an observation when looking at the big picture.

This assertion has to be nothing more than anecdotal....then extrapolated into a stereotypical and (in my opinion) judgmental type of question. I doubt you meant to do that, but perhaps you see how a written question/answer/comment on an impersonal site can come across differently than the writer intended and therefore give the wrong impression.

You see, I cannot read your motive and neither can you read the motive of others who are simply sharing their thoughts/beliefs. That freedom of expression is still alive and well in the U.S. So is freedom of religion. To assign motive and even intent (such as "hate") to words is practically impossible and dangerous. To disagree is not hateful. Neither is it hateful if someone's beliefs happen to offend you.

I also hope that you to be impartial when you evaluate who comes across as more "hateful." Meaning, read the news with an objective mind.

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It was just a question, sweetie. If you can't answer it then don't comment at all.
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Good response, rich.
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Thanks, ex. I learn so much about people on Ask. Classic. It sounds like; but just my opinion, that ink may have been a little offended. I don't know why. Could explain her question.

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That's not true,
Its usually the other way around.

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I'm not responding to rude comments.
So carry on.
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Um, I'm not sure where you've been but as far as I can see, a lot of religious bases are more hateful now and less passionate.
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I'm not hateful though.
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If I were I would have posted a rude comment but I didn't
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As long as you try not to convert me, then I am good, lol
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Don't worry I won't/
I just don't like the way people judge regligious folk.
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That jerk holwinwolk better not comment on this.
Or else I'll beat him down with my words!
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I'm not calling you rude, I'm just saying that this is a post about religious beliefs and you were not very helpful with your answer. I just wanted some opinions about the question. I gave you all the respect in the world, doll.
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Yeah, I tend to be more open minded as an atheist. I have a deep respect for Pope Francis; I think he's exactly what the church needs. I'm not going to use words like reasoning or logic, or logical fallacy. I respect people's beliefs and I even have my own interpretation of many religions.
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^ See? A very open minded person and respectful person! Lately I've found an absence of these people.
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Considering the two most hated groups in America are atheists and Muslims, ink girl has a point. We face a lot of hatred from Christians.
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Yeah, I think those people who use words like reasoning and logic aren't actually atheists. I think they're just really mad.
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And I think a lot of people don't realize that religion and science don't really play in the same field. You can't just go off and diss someone with science about religion or religion with science, because religion is based on passion and science is based on face.
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*fact
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Someone's snappy,
doll...
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That isn't true, but it is easy to make that assumption with all that is going on in the world now.

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That's ridiculous. You're making judgments based on one or two incidents you've experienced, not on facts. That's called prejudice.

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2 incidents? Since when do you stalk me everywhere I go? You don't even know some of the people I've met.
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Recent research shows the most hated groups in America are atheists, followed by gays and Muslims. These groups face a great deal of intolerance and prejudice at the hands of Christians.
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Geek do you make things up as you go because that's complete hogwash. If I have a shirt or hat on with Jesus on it, I get the most hateful looks! On here the Christians are attacked non stop. I just don't play into it, like you on my answer the other day. So stop with that nonsense or I'll give you a cyber hug again! Lol :)
Peace people, PEACE!!!
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@Summer; If you choose to wear a shirt or hat with "Jesus" on it and you get hateful looks, why would you assume that was because of the article of clothing? No one knows what Jesus looked like or if he even existed, so I doubt that would be the reason.
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The name geek, the name.
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It's not hogwash- the Pew Forum released a report last year showing the most hated groups in America, and atheists topped the list. The average Christian in the study said ex-convicts were more moral than atheists. There are students being threatened with rape, assault, and death by Christians in the US because they protested illegal religious endorsement in their schools. There are nine states that unconstitutionally claim atheists can't hold public office- and several recently tried to enforce it.

That you can't face up to the fact that the Christian majority still hates and discriminates against minority positions is not our fault.
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it might seem like that but religious people fight for what they bleaive in plus they want everyone to bleaive in their religion not other ones

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Because they are fools that follow what other people say instead of following the word of their god.

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Yes, I guess it might have something to do with confidence...
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It has to do with lack of confidence in the word of their god and confidence in the judgment of other fools.
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I think the reason some people are like that is they need to feel superior. Like they are doing God's work. They say they don't hate ,but can do some mean stuff. I'm religious and try not to hate but I've encountered some. According to ask.com I'm not a Christian which is news too me.

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That's a good point. People might feel offended and instantly convert to being more rude and disrespectful because they feel as if it is their duty- like they're entitled. Thanks for the opinion. :)
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Lol, we are just a bunch of meanies :(

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Can you not be sarcastic on my post? I was just looking for some open minded opinions and you've decided to turn this into some sort of joke. I respect you and your beliefs so I would encourage you to respect mine.
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Because your question was extremely open minded in itself lolol!
It's hard to take that seriously, I'm sorry, it's just.. :)
It goes both ways.
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I didn't ask for you to be hateful, okay? I'm sorry if I've offended you.
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You call that hateful? LOL, You are going to have a really rough time when you get older and on your own because not everyone is going to agree with you. I'm sorry I hurt your feelings. The fact is the hatefulness goes both ways.
Peace :)
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When you run across one, ask.
No one can answer for them.

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While obviously this isn't all religious folks, the trend coincides with a rise of fundamentalist Christianity in the United States.
More mainstream Christians don't tend to bother people, but the rise in fundamentalist and evangelical denominations means that more Christians are pushing their beliefs into our laws, schools, and government because they think everyone should be a Christian or hit the road.

Fundamentalist forms of any religion usually leads to oppression and hatred because it fosters an "us versus them" mentality.

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Thanks, that's really helpful. :)
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I agree.
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Once again, the only correct answer to the question. Star!
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Well ... I've been all but tarred and feathered as a Christian on Ask .Com.
I'm not telling anyone where I live because I don't want them to head to the Bible Belt in Texas to finish the job!! :)

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Perhaps it's because you keep telling hateful lies about atheists, like your claim that we don't believe in your god because we "want to sin"?
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You are making assumptions. Not everyone is like that. Most people do not base their morals on a holy book anyway, even if they claim a religious affiliation. Religion does not stop ignorant people from expressing their ignorance nor bad people from behaving badly - they are going to do it anyway. In my humble opinion, religious people have a dogmatic excuse to perform anti-social behavior while non-religious people behave badly without having an excuse - that is the only difference.

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It's not that 'so many religious people' are that closed minded. It's just that a lot you may have interacted with are. That's a small amount of people who think like that compared to the amount of religious people in the world, or even just the United States. In some religions, it is believed that you 'love the sinner and hate the sin.' In this case, you may see a lot of people spreading hate toward a certain belief or action not knowing how it effects those who follow that belief. Because, as some see it, they still love those people, they just hate what they're doing. I really think that it's a lack of understanding on both ends...

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Because religion enables hatred, it gives an excuse to be hateful and weak people are both hateful and gullible. So its no mere coincidence that religious people are hateful often.

"Love the sinner and hate the sin" is translated as "Christians have jurisdiction over what someone else does with there body and by all means harass people who do not treat there bodies the way Christians want them to treat their body- after all, why should they have any say over what they do to THEIR body."

Not only is this extremely offensive its absurd. So either one of two things is happening here. A whole lot of offensive and absurd people gravitate to Christianity- OR- Christianity is offensive and absurd.

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The hate is equal on both sides of the fence.
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Human beings as a whole are judgmental and hateful. We find reasons to put other people down all the time. It has nothing to do with religions. You can see the same thing between blacks and whites, male and female, etc. if you want to observe this, take a trip to your local public school playground.

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