I was raised Catholic. I went to a parochial school and can remember the priests and nuns teaching that the Catholic religion was the only "true" religion. When the school shut its doors, all of us kids were transferred to the public school. On the first day at our new school, my excitement came crashing down when a girl made negative comments about the Catholic kids. She did not want us there. After all of these years, I still remember the hurt and confusion I felt. It was my first experience of religious prejudice.
On the weekly show, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, Freeman travels around the world to give viewers a look at different religions. It is really interesting. Though many of us might find some of the ideas expressed strange, it seems to me that most religions tell us to do the same things, to live our lives with love and compassion.
When I read the letters in the Fargo and Jamestown newspapers by David Wells and Tom Tracy about their concerns over the ND Legislature allowing an Hindu prayer to be said, the hurt from that long ago day came back to me.
I think we get so bombarded with the news of religious extremism and the horrible acts that go with that idealism, that we become jaded and forget what the Bible tells us. Mark 12:31 tells us to "love your neighbor." It does not say love your neighbor only if he is Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, etc.
The prejudice expressed in those letters is no different than the prejudice felt by terrorists. Prejudice is prejudice. It does not matter whose mouth it spews from.