This Easter I’ve heard conversations about the “roots of religious hatred”. I’d like to draw attention to the fact that so-called “roots” of religious hatred is religion itself. It isn’t society that hates religion (although society has reasons to hate it), but it’s just the opposite: first came religion and then came hatred of it. In fact, religion hates anything and everything that give people courage, strength, independence, freedom of thought and action, power, aggression, self-expression and instincts to survive and thrive. The term “religious hatred” has been turned inside out to suggest religion is hated. Quite the contrary is true: it is religion that hates.