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Some claim that losing the ability to discriminate based on one’s religious viewpoints is troubling. Examples would be having to make food or take pictures for gay events. When one considers that the formula for world peace is inclusivity to the point that harming others would only be self-defeating; the troubling aspect is a little hard to see.

“Us versus them” has been the most destructive force in history. It is impossible to find a war, genocide or other social evil that is not the result of that philosophy. When we treat others as if they were inferior individuals we create our own enemies and our own problems. While there will always be those who want to harm us we shouldn’t work to create more by treating others as though they were threats or societal outcasts. A sociopath is a danger to a few people. A sociopath who can convince a larger group of people that we are threats to them because of our own unnecessary behavior is a threat to us all.

If your religion encourages you to mistreat others because they aren’t like you, change religions. I know Christianity doesn’t do that. The law that we are to love our neighbors is all inclusive as are the commandments. Christ’s rule of “Do unto others …” is all inclusive. God and Christ are not lazy, if there were exceptions they would have been listed.

Throughout history powerful people who wanted more than they had convinced any who would listen to destroy their neighbors. They did that by demonizing those neighbors. Had all the peaceful people of the world recognized that they were about to destroy their peace and not some made up evil, there would have been “Peace on earth” because there would have been “Good will toward men.”

Eric Thompson, Bismarck

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