Ignorance really grinds my gears. Xenophobic people do, too. I'm tired of being told that I will burn in hell because I don't believe in god and subject myself to him. The fear some religions invoke in their patrons is abhorrent... they live in terror of an eternal misery because they choose not to follow a god who punishes those who disobey. If this is truly how you wish your leader to act, requiring you to get on your knees to approach him, and punishing you for following what you believe, then I wish you the best of luck with that. We each have the ability to make our own decisons... and hopefully we can make decisions that benefit the world, instead of destroying it.
I'm not saying, however, that religion is wrong; I only say that a religious person who is unwilling to respect and accept another for his/her beliefs is wrong. Literally hundreds of years of wars have been fought over this subject, and those wars have led to unnecessary bloodshed.
People should be accepted for who they are... no matter their beliefs, sexual orientation, the color of their skin, or whether or not they are male or female. To address the extremists out there who see the last statement and assume when I mean accept "everybody" I mean tyrants like Hitler, Stalin, and Hussein, I want to let you know that people like those are the epitome of the opposite of a person that accepts people as they are. When I say accept people I don't mean the ones commiting the most heinous crimes imaginable, because these crimes are commited on the basis of ignornace, prejudice and xenophobias in the first place.
Like Buddha says, a person should learn about the world around them, then make the most profound effort to help those in the world that need it.
The man who claimed that the world was ending on May 21st has revised the new "end of the world" to October 21st. We're still here, what a surprise!? I understand that we have to allow these idiots to preach bullshit due to freedom of religion, but why have they not been arrested for fraud? They are accepting massive amounts of money and donations, when we all know this man's predictions are BASELESS. I know that we need to uphold freedom of religion, but where do we draw the line? Could this be considered criminal fraud? He is committing a classic case of FRAUD. He has brainwashed and convinced people into believing falsities for monetary gain. Let's lock em up.