Unfortunately, religion, particularly Judeo-Christian beliefs (as currently interpreted) are sprinkled everywhere with seeds of hatred. "Chosen people", "God's children", etc. People use these things as tools of exclusion. I never got along with overly religious folk as it is, but count in the fact that I am a buddhist, and that just complicates matters.
I lived with my cousin once, he's a pastor as well. He spent the majority of his time preaching about the End Times, and frequently referred to me as Satan's Child, haha. He himself was raising a couple of hellspawns in the form of my younger 2nd cousins. Bratty-ass ignorant little kids. Meanwhile while he preached about this and that, he was smacking around his wife and kids.
discrimination, bigotry, prejudice... all things that are hard to tolerate when they're aimed at you. i've seen a fair bit of it from a lot of different angles.
some people didn't like me cause i liked boys. some people didn't like me cause i was english canadian instead of french canadian, some people didn't like me cause i was canadian, instead of american, some people didn't like me cause i smoke pot. some people ddin't like me cause i believe differently than they do. some people didn't like me cause i'm part french instead of english. some people didn't like me cause i was a musician. some didn't like me cause i was poor. some people didn't like me cause i'm a girl instead of a boy. some didn't like me because i liked girls and not boys. some people didn't like me cause i'm polyamorous. some people didn't like me cause i'm a consensual slave.
a lot of people in canada and the us, don't experience much of that kind of thing. they are enough like everyone else, that these kinds of things don't often happen to them. the thing is, details like that don't really matter. not in the end. if a person is compassionate and decent, with a fairly high ethical standard, then what is the fucking issue? really?