The one god is a jealous child who gives only enough information to man to cause feuding and despair like PDM said "foisting their beliefs and prejudices onto others".
Sometime in the fifteen hundreds my mother's family was forced out of Ireland and into exile they settled into the protected lands of Estonia and then in the 1880's they moved from their location into the "New World" where "All Religions are Free" and "Everyone was Welcome" but when they came to Ellis Island they had to lie and say they were Christian because there was no place on the form for "Other" or "Pagan" or "Druid" . . . . . then and only then would they let my family pass. My Great, Great, Great Grandfather Seamus bought a one hundred and twenty acre piece of land in what is now Drakesboro, Ky and the entire family travelled, mostly on foot, through the Cumberland Gap to get there - to "The Land Of The Free". There still live many of them. Doctors, Lawyers, Coal Miners, Mechanics, Scientists, Etc and still to this day they live in fear that someone will find out our beliefs. It's not as you are picturing though with the thatch huts and goats on the roof no there are subdivided tiers with houses on them and a gate at the entrance, it is like a "Gated Community" or something back off of a gravel road which draws no attention.
The property is absolutely protected from trespassers with fences and 4'X2'X2' sandstone blocks every 3' around places where four wheelers are likely to get in(even in the creek beds). My Uncle is a security specialist at Fort Campbell so he is the one who took care of the latest changes in the farm security.
So MBAS you are not the only person that is afraid of what other people believe. I fear it, you fear it, and everyone fears it and the ones who say they don't are liars.
Edit: There may be one more Great in Seamus's Legacy I am just not sure.
PDM Edit: corrected entry to say 'Ellis Island'.
Edited by PDM (10/13/11 12:56 PM)
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