Part 1: Excerpts from postive and negative
received from visitors to this web site:
If you are easily upset at expressions of raw hatred and threats of violence, please do not read any further.
This site defines religious tolerance as:
"... accepting the right of others to follow their own spiritual paths freely, even if
they are different from your own."
Tolerance is a very frightening concept to some people. They react with fear, which sometimes becomes transformed
into hatred and threats of violence.
Many devout believers feel that their God will horrendously punish people in the afterlife if they do not follow
certain very specific teachings. They are heavily and desperately motivated to try to save as many people as possible from Hell. Many would like any religious material that does not match their beliefs to be removed from the Internet. Some believe that God will send plagues, new STIs, tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. in the near future to those areas of the world where people deviate from certain teachings.
And so, they react with hatred towards our web site. I hope that these folks never become organized . Together they could form an group that is more hate-filled than ISIS / ISIL / The Islamic State.
Meanwhile, some Agnostics, Atheists, and secularists believe that all religions are profoundly evil, are deluding people, and have inspired wars and other conflicts. They would like to have the Internet free of any positive material on religion.
Our web site may be seen as short-circuiting these goals. because it explains the full range of conflicting beliefs:
Among many different denominations
On the other hand, we also receive a lot of positive, supporting comments. They outnumber the negative ones by about three or
four to one.
In the list below, we will alternate:
A negative comment, with
A typical positive comment.
Typical positive and negative comments:
We start with an Email from an Atheist -- the only hate Email in the
almost 20 years that our website has been online to come from a self-identified Atheist She wrote:
"Hi. You are all fu--ing idiots that need to die. You will never see heaven
cause GOD does not exist. I know this because of people like you. I hope you
get hit by a car tomorrow, or just have a heart attack, or just choke on your
rod. f--k off and merry fu--ing christmas," We are still trying to figure out
what set her off.
"...your website is absolutely awesome... i feel that it has
given me more information about religions than i have ever dreamed
of knowing.. it has also helped me find a belief system that i can
incorporate with my life."
"Get the f--k out of canada bunch of a-- hole[s] take of[f]
the toilette paper that you got on you heab , bunch of bastar.
you people must have louse on you head. bastar what a f--king
race you are." (The derogatory "toilet paper"and "louse" references may indicate that the sender of
the Email assumes that our staff wear a form of head covering, like Jews,
Muslims, or Sikhs often do. We don't, although I did wear a hat recently
because it was -20? C [-4 F} outside. This hate Email seems to have been triggered by a court
decision granting religious freedom to Sikhs
"The work that you are doing is so very important and I wish you all
the best in your endeavor....I....found that the essays were again the
same fine quality of information without a biased opinion and judgmental
"I found an error on your Islamic website. The header includes the word "tolerance". This obviously has to be a mistake as Islam is the most in-tolerant false satanic religion on planet earth. You nun killing c--k s---ers. I truly hope you die a horrible death. You've earned it.
(This Email arrived a day after a Roman Catholic nun, her bodyguard, and hospital employee were killed in Somolia
-- an event apparently triggered by reaction to Pope Benedict XVI's comment from a 16th century book that Islam is evil.)
"I am sure that the real Christians and Muslims among us who are true to what their faiths teach them would never create the kind of problems that we see blighting our world today. It's nice to see that there are interfaith websites [like yours] that try to promote peace and understanding between people of different faiths. God knows we need it in this crazy, mixed-up world of ours!"
(This Email arrived just before the above Email)
"Being a Hindu, a true Hindu in all sense I must say that your site is
one of the worst ever one, trying to propagate your "Christian" religion
using another religion, that is Hinduism. Its a shame that you guys are no
better than some sick worms which live on the dirt of others. (Sick) Sucks!
Ugh!" (The subject of the Email was "You deserve worse than a death
"What a pleasure to find your informative site. It's always
difficult to explain to my Christian friends about other traditional
"as red necks we done want to kill any fu--ers what done said jesus was
a faggot. if it was a ni--er me and my boys done need to know."
"I have never seen your web site before and I am happy that I came
across it. It is nice to see somebody speaking of tolerance and not
about how great their 'true church' is. Lotęs of good information to
read, well written, and nice footnotes."
"Your site is nothing but a lot of hate filled, anti-Christian bull.
PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT PUBLISH SUCH GARBAGE SHOULD BE LOCKED AWAY AND NEVER
HEARD FROM AGAIN TO SPEAK AND TRY TO TAKE GOD OUT OF EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH."
"As a conservative Christian, I'm happy to see that you always
strive to present every point of view, allowing the reader to choose for
themselves how to understand the issue at hand."
"YOU ARE ALL GOING TO BURN IN HELL IF YOU DON'T STOP THESE LIES."
"Your site has helped to open my eyes to the rich and compelling
beliefs and cultures of the world. This site has enlightened me to
the reality of human religion and the benefits of the religions of the
world outside of American Christianity."
"You people deserve to die a very painful death. If I was God, I would kill you all. If I ever see one of you anwywere I will smash your
faces in and slit your throuat to hear you gurgling on your blood. Ya know, one daysomeone is just gonna show up at your doorstep guns blazin and
blow all your heads away."
"I have been very intolerant and even hateful toward Muslims,
Catholics, and others, but I feel that there is a distinct change in my
feelings after reading your site."
"you stupid fu--ing idiots . BLOW youre stupid fu--ing heads off and
leave the innocent alone. suck my ... you stupid fu--ing camel suckers.
"Quite frankly you are doing what some religious organizations
cringe at; telling the truth. I salute you for putting the truth and
facts out there for all to see."
"YOUR WHOLE WEB, YOUR WHOLE BELIEVES "ARE TRULY MISTAKEN. CRIMINALS!
ONE DAY, THE GOD YOU ARE SAYING IS YOUR GUIDANCE WILL CUT IN PIECES ALL OF
YOU "PROPHETS" OF EVIL. YOU SERVANTS OF SATAN."
"Not only do you provide a wealth of information unmatched by any
other single site, but you impart it alongside a measure of fairness,
tolerance, and humanity that sometimes seems to be sorely lacking when
it comes to discussing the topic of religion."
"You are a bunch of hypocrites.. religious intolerance my ass..
your organization stole their trade mark.. you are nothing but a
bunch a k-kes who should be arrested." [We are unaware of having stolen a
"Don't let psychotic fundamentalist/fantatics "get in your way.
What you do is great, and while some people are too damn stupid to
realize it, you open a lot of people's eyes towards the beliefs of
others. I congratulate you on that, it's something that very few
people are willing to do."
"You're all a bunch of sick bastards and I will personaly "make it
my goal to kill every single one of you lot, seperate "your bones on
all corners of the world and sh-t on your graves."
"I will be back to look at other pages on other religions with
considerable trust in your presentation...The world will never be a safe
place until people respect the religious beliefs of others."
"If I ever see one of you people in the street...i shall slit your
throats and f--k your children. you evil sick muthafu--ers. I hope you all
burn in hell and when you do, I ...shall be there waiting for you and rape
you brutally till the end of time, you fu--ers...!!!!!! You're all dead
and I will f--k all your mothers. I'll rape your followers and see how you
all like it. Evil Muthafu--ers !!!!!! I will make it my goal in life to
stalk you all and kill every last one of you evil fu--ers."
"Keep up the great work. I can't tell you how much peace I feel as a
result of solving the conflict that existed between my head and my
heart. I could not have found that peace without the informative and
balanced essays on your site. You do great work."