Religious adherents like to believe that their faith brings people together. And it does, as long as it’s the same faith. I’m not even really talking about something like Islam vs. Christianity here. Even within one faith, there’s a zillion branches and denominations..
Let’s take Christianity for example…
Cream of Wheaters and other oatmeal derived denominations
Greek Rush Week Orthodox
Church of the Nazarene
International Church Of Christ
United Church Of Christ
Assemblies of God
Church of God
Church of Christ
Church of God In Christ
Church of God Indiana
Church of God and Christ But The Holy Ghost Can Suck It
Seventh Day Adventist
Three Day Weekend Adventist
International Foursquare – In which the priests are call Mayor.
International Foreskin – In which the priests are called priests.
Mennonites – and others based on deodorant brands
Church of Scotland
Christian and Missionary Alliance
Evangelical Buy One Get One Free
I hope I don’t have to point out which of those I made up for comic effect. Islam and Judaism are just as fractured. Even the Buddhists have 20 different sects and they love everyone. If they can’t agree…
My personal religion is Don’t Be A Dickism. And I think most people can agree on the central tenet. “Don’t Be A Dick”.
I was asked in an interview the other day about my DVD title “Be Yourself…Unless You’re An Idiot” and what it meant. That list above is a great example. No matter how much you may purport to love other people, there’s still someone out there that you think is an idiot.