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to this web site: Part 1

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If you are easily upset at expressions of raw hatred and threats of violence, please do not read this list.

This site defines religious tolerance as: "accepting the right of others to follow their own spiritual paths freely, even if they are different from your own." This is a very frightening concept to some people. They react with fear, which sometimes becomes transformed into hatred and threats of violence. Many devout believers feel that their God will horrendously punish people in the afterlife if they do not follow certain specific teachings. They are heavily and desperately motivated to try to save as many people as possible from Hell. Our web site may be seen as short-circuiting this goal. because it explains the full range of conflicting beliefs among many different denominations within Christianity, among many different religions, and through time.

On the other hand, we also receive a lot of positive, supporting comments. They outnumber the negative ones by about three or four to one.

In the list below, we will alternate:

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Selected negative comments, with

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Typical positive comments.

General comments:

IllumiRate.com collects opinions from readers to our site. So far, they have all been quite positive. See: http://www.illumirate.com/ and http://www.illumirate.com/

However, Emails that we receive directly are much more variable; some are quite negative:
bulletWe start with an Email from an Atheist -- the only hate Email in the almost 15 years that our website has been online to come from an Atheist:
"Hi. You are all fu--ing idiots that need to die. You will never see heaven cause GOD does not exist. I know this because of people like you. I hope you get hit by a car tomorrow, or just have a heart attack, or just choke on your rod. f--k off and merry fu--ing christmas," We are still trying to figure out what set her off.
bullet"...your website is absolutely awesome... i feel that it has given me more information about religions than i have ever dreamed of knowing.. it has also helped me find a belief system that i can incorporate with my life."
 
bullet"Get the f--k out of canada bunch of a-- hole[s]   take of[f] the toilette paper that you got on you heab , bunch of bastar.   you people must have  louse on you head.   bastar what a f--king race you are." (The derogatory "toilet paper"and "louse" references may indicate that the sender of the Email assumes that our staff wear a form of head covering, like Jews, Muslims, or Sikhs often do. We don't, although I did wear a hat recently because it was -20? C [-4 F} outside. This hate Email seems to have been triggered by a court decision granting religious freedom to Sikhs in Canada.
bullet"The work that you are doing is so very important and I wish you all the best in your endeavor....I....found that the essays were again the same fine quality of information without a biased opinion and judgmental tone."
 
bullet "I found an error on your Islamic website. The header includes the word "tolerance". This obviously has to be a mistake as Islam is the most in-tolerant false satanic religion on planet earth. You nun killing c--k s---ers. I truly hope you die a horrible death. You've earned it. (This Email arrived a day after a Roman Catholic nun, her bodyguard, and hospital employee were killed in Somolia -- an event apparently triggered by reaction to Pope Benedict XVI's comment from a 16th century book that Islam is evil.)
bullet"I am sure that the real Christians and Muslims among us who are true to what their faiths teach them would never create the kind of problems that we see blighting our world today. It's nice to see that there are interfaith websites [like yours] that try to promote peace and understanding between people of different faiths. God knows we need it in this crazy, mixed-up world of ours!" (This Email arrived just before the above Email)
 
bullet"Being a Hindu, a true Hindu in all sense I must say that your site is one of the worst ever one, trying to propagate your "Christian" religion using another religion, that is Hinduism. Its a shame that you guys are no better than some sick worms which live on the dirt of others. (Sick) Sucks! Ugh!" (The subject of the Email was "You deserve worse than a death threat.")
bullet"What a pleasure to find your informative site. It's always difficult to explain to my Christian friends about other traditional celebrations."
 
bullet"as red necks we done want to kill any fu--ers what done said jesus was a faggot. if it was a ni--er me and my boys done need to know."
bullet"I have never seen your web site before and I am happy that I came across it. It is nice to see somebody speaking of tolerance and not about how great their 'true church' is. Lot�s of good information to read, well written, and nice footnotes."
 
bullet"Your site is nothing but a lot of hate filled, anti-Christian bull. PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT PUBLISH SUCH GARBAGE SHOULD BE LOCKED AWAY AND NEVER HEARD FROM AGAIN TO SPEAK AND TRY TO TAKE GOD OUT OF EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH."
bullet"As a conservative Christian, I'm happy to see that you always strive to present every point of view, allowing the reader to choose for themselves how to understand the issue at hand."
 
bullet"YOU ARE ALL GOING TO BURN IN HELL IF YOU DON'T STOP THESE LIES."
bullet"Your site has helped to open my eyes to the rich and compelling beliefs and cultures of the world.  This site has enlightened me to the reality of human religion and the benefits of the religions of the world outside of American Christianity."
bullet"You people deserve to die a very painful death. If I was God, I would kill you all. If I ever see one of you anwywere I will smash your faces in and slit your throuat to hear you gurgling on your blood. Ya know, one daysomeone is just gonna show up at your doorstep guns blazin and blow all your heads away."
bullet"I have been very intolerant and even hateful toward Muslims, Catholics, and others, but I feel that there is a distinct change in my feelings after reading your site."
 
bullet"you stupid fu--ing idiots . BLOW youre stupid fu--ing heads off and leave the innocent alone. suck my ... you stupid fu--ing camel suckers.
bullet"Quite frankly you are doing what some religious organizations cringe at; telling the truth.  I salute you for putting the truth and facts out there for all to see." 
 
bullet"YOUR WHOLE WEB, YOUR WHOLE BELIEVES "ARE TRULY MISTAKEN. CRIMINALS! ONE DAY, THE GOD YOU ARE SAYING IS YOUR GUIDANCE WILL CUT IN PIECES ALL OF YOU "PROPHETS" OF EVIL. YOU SERVANTS OF SATAN."
bullet"Not only do you provide a wealth of information unmatched by any other single site, but you impart it alongside a measure of fairness, tolerance, and humanity that sometimes seems to be sorely lacking when it comes to discussing the topic of religion."
 
bullet"You are a bunch of hypocrites.. religious intolerance my ass.. your organization stole their trade mark.. you are nothing but a bunch a k-kes who should be arrested." [We are unaware of stealing a trade mark].
bullet"Don't let psychotic fundamentalist/fantatics "get in your way. What you do is great, and while some people are too damn stupid to realize it, you open a lot of people's eyes towards the beliefs of others. I congratulate you on that, it's something that very few people are willing to do."
 
bullet"You\'re all a bunch of sick bastards and I will personaly "make it my goal to kill every single one of you lot, seperate "your bones on all corners of the world and sh-t on your graves."
bullet"I will be back to look at other pages on other religions with considerable trust in your presentation...The world will never be a safe place until people respect the religious beliefs of others."
 
bullet"If I ever see one of you people in the street...i shall slit your throats and f--k your children. you evil sick muthafu--ers. I hope you all burn in hell and when you do, I ...shall be there waiting for you and rape you brutally till the end of time, you fu--ers...!!!!!! You're all dead and I will f--k all your mothers. I'll rape your followers and see how you all like it. Evil Muthafu--ers !!!!!! I will make it my goal in life to stalk you all and kill every last one of you evil fu--ers."
bullet"Keep up the great work. I can't tell you how much peace I feel as a result of solving the conflict that existed between my head and my heart. I could not have found that peace without the informative and balanced essays on your site. You do great work."
 
bulletThe following is clearly a hoax E-mail; funny though. Apparently, they went out by the hundreds to non-Fundamentalist religious web sites. More details:

"Greetings From the Dr. Bob Jones Institute Think Tank."

"As national director of BJI, it is my duty to inform you and/or your organization that a detailed analysis of your positions regarding the Bible, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and in particular your political positions are not compatible with our own. The Dr. Bob Jones Institute stands for strict morality and a totally Christian Theocratic federal government. These of course are the wishes of Jesus."

"Since you or your organization have been tried and found wanting, we must insist that you disband your website immediately and no longer espouse the none sense "we have found there. Since the election of George W. Bush as our 43rd and BORN AGAIN president, and since as you know Mr. Bush did speak at the Bob Jones University and is close friends with Dr. Bob Jones III, BJI hopes you will agree it would be wise for you to obey God's will and to do so promptly."

Sincerely,

Michael C. Kelley

bullet"A breath of fresh air indeed. An eye-opening, occasionally laughter-inducing, place."

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bullet"your "going to have front row seats in hell. Burn baby burn"
bulletI've enjoyed plowing through the many interesting and highly informative articles on your site and appreciate the refreshingly balanced manner in which the various beliefs and viewpoints therein are presented..."
 
bullet"I hope that every single one you go to jail and share a prison cell with a 370 bls AIDS riddled ni--a whole f--ks everyone of your filthy child raping ar--s. I'll kill you all, you horrible f--king evil t--ts...!! Angry for life and your new enemy..."
bullet"Great site lots of links and very informative. I loved the colors a lot and the site was layed "out in such a way that it was very easy to navigate around in. All the links to other sites were also very helpful. Worth the look."
 
bullet"...You misserible "insignifincant "F--KS! Jesus will asuure "that you rot in internal damnation for the the renmainder [sic]of your souls.  I undeeerstand "that you are nder "educated, under nurished, "and outside of society, but do please get a grip on humanity and all the wonderful things it has to offer and stray away from your sins.  God commends it.
bullet"I just want to say bless you for the service of information which you provide the world. Thanks and I will pray for your continued service."
 
bullet"Your site is full of lies and it is better to kill yourself than to lead people astray."
bullet"I have found this to be one of the best and most insightful religious Websites I have ever seen, and have mentioned it to friends looking for objective views on religious matters. Keep up the good work!"
 
bullet"you f--king quacks.! if i ever see any of you in my town i will kick your ass and rip out yopur testicles or ovaries...stop preying on inocent "people and shape up,, get a hair cut and get a 9 to 5 job. you indeed are the devil to these people so s--k my c--k minister bob and nun mildred!" [There is nobody here by the name of Bob or Mildred].
bullet"i just want to say that i find you site to be one of the best, and i mean BEST, on the net...you show no lean in any direction, you just tell the truth...i am impressed."
 
bullet"Listen a-s wipe; God never, or his people, had their own people put to death! Only Devil Possessed fags like you, or whores, or dope dealers, and idol worship, were killed, so God could keep the tribe of Judah clean. If you don't like it, then bitch to God, he is the one who had his holy men write it down."
bullet"Just a note to thank you (the organization) for putting together such an informative, useful website...You're doing a great job. I do hope the rest of the public appreciates the work."
 
bullet"i feel that people like you should be sent to prison and raped by [racist reference deleted] inmates it would serve idiots like you right and you claim you are right. people like you shgould "roast in hell."
bullet"Your site is a terrific resource not only for religious questions, but also for ethical/moral dilemmas."
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bullet"Its obvious to see that your line of thinking comes from years of fine tune inbreeding amongst your stupid a-s race. Actually, fu--ing your grandmothers and p---y stinking fat sister made you just a tad bit smarter then your kind normally is u sick a-s f--ks."
bullet"...I must express my appreciation for you creating this website.... I also congratulate you for your bravery in this given the degree of hatred expressed by the religious bigots who seem incapable of coherent thought."
 
bullet"I think your website is nothing but trash, written by ignorant trailor "park trash who are inbred. Talk about an abomination!!! You people are cowards who hide behind your white hoods. You won't burn in hell, hell is too good for you!!!"
bullet"...please accept my praise for your ongoing efforts towards enlightening society about religion in an objective and thorough manner. Keep up the good work!"
 
bullet"Oh yeay [sic]...F--K YOU! God does not love you!"
bullet"i took time to read your site.. and all i want to say.. is i read your site.. a lot of it.. i like it.. it opened my eyes to the truth.."
 
bullet"I don't give a s--t aqbout your pass the buck excuses about not responding to complaint emails, just F--N WAKE UP and smell the coffee, do your research before passing judgment."
bullet"I saw your e-mail page and was really surprised. So many Fundamentalists bashing you. I don't understand why. I see their views along with others and you aren't biased at all. I see this site as an immensely valuable source for everyone."
 
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"Your site is in error, because if you claim to be a Christian based web site then you shouldn't use pagan sponsors. If you are not a Christian based web site then you are in error for thinking that any Christians would believe a word you say."

[We found this Email the most disturbing of any that we have received. It implies that if a web site follows one religion, then it should prohibit ads from other religions. More importantly, it implies that Christians totally reject all material written by non-Christians. No culture can survive with that degree of mistrust of others.]

bullet"Thank you so much for all you do.  For all the trouble it must be, and all of the abuse you probably get from those too afraid to ask questions, it is important that you know how much what you have created is appreciated."
 
bullet"You have got to be joking, your site is an abomination, may God have mercy on you!!!!"
bullet"Your site inspires hope to many people who have lost faith in humanity. Sure, racism, sexism, homophobia (etc.) are all alive and doing well today, but there all caused by the most powerful force in the world, IGNORANCE, your site educates people, and even if you might get tons of abuse for it, you're all doing the right thing...".
 
bullet"None of you would want to meet me. You would suffer. Love and wisdom is stronger then any igorance "or hate."
bullet"...thank you for such a helpful and thorough website. It has helped me a great deal in my search to find a spiritual path that aligns with my interests and beliefs."
bullet"People like you will certainly die in your sins for you to not beleive "the Word Of God....Listen your as sure headed for hell as the sun shines and if God the Holy Ghost dosnt wake you up then you sleep on till you wake up in hell."
bullet"Its so hard now a days to find a religious website that isn't biased in some sense or another.  I have found the site I was looking for in yours!" 
 
bullet"It does not surprise me that you get a lot of negative mail you are not in touch with the reality of Christ. I will pray  that your influence and the dark one you serve can be used for the glorification of Christ."
bullet"Your site most definately "lives up to the name you have given it!  It literally is, Religious Tolerance and I think, more of it is needed."
 
bullet"SATAN, IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS THE CHRIST OF GOD I BIND YOU AND YOUR FOUL DEMONIC FORCES. LOOSE YOUR HOLD ON THE PEOPLE OF GOD'S OWN CREATION. NOW. YOU ARE A LIAR AND THE FATHER OF LIES. YOU ARE ALREADY A DEFEATED ENEMY, AND YOUR ULTIMATE AND TOTAL DESTRUCTION IS NEAR. FEAR GOD. WOULDST THOU DO THAT WHICH IS EVIL? BE VERY AFRAID."
bullet"This is possibly the most balanced website (or any other publication) concerning religion I have ever encountered."
 
bullet "WHY WE'RE HOSTILE TOWARDS YOU. We link you with the following words or terms: Liberals / Marxists, Hypocrites / Intolerant, Political Correctness, Arrogant, Mockers, Whited Sepulchers (outwardly beautiful but full of all manner of corruption & evil), False Teachers, Wolves in Sheep�s Clothing, Trojan Horse, Cultural Poison, Corrosive, Pro Abortion, Sucker Punchers, Deceptive, Treacherous, World Council of Churches & other Marxist Organizations. We distrust you. 'Tolerance' is a danger signal when preached by liberals. We now expect a sucker punch. You take over & show your intolerance towards us. Hypocrites! To you, 'Tolerance' means you're right & we're wrong, & we have to change because you think you're smarter. You reject God's laws & replace them with your own...." [Wow! I'm exhausted just reading that list.]
bulletI'm one of your monthly supporters and I just wanted to let you know that every few months I look at my outgoing funds and wonder why it is that I contribute money to a website I don't visit often - so I visit.  And I remember. Thanks for doing the hard work.  I am not trying to save the world, but I am trying to support the people that are.
 
bullet"I WILL SHOW YOU THE TRUE MEANING OF RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE. I WILL HANG ALL OF YOU AND BEAT YOU LIKE A FU--IN PINATA. COME FORWARD YOU FU--ING PU--ES. YOU CANT HIDE ANYMORE I KNOW WHERE YOU ARE. YOUR SIC FU--S THAT SHOULD JUST KILL YOURSELFS. THERE IS NO GOD. FU-- YOU ALL. YOU PEOPLE NEED A SERIOUS FU--IN REALITY CHECK. YOU PEOPLE ARE SO FU--ED AND YOU CAN DENY S--T ALL YOU WANT CAUSE EVERYONE KNOWS THE TRUTH. O MAN YOU DONT UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH I WANT TO BEAT ON UR FACES WITH A LOUIE. DIE MOTHER FU--ERS DIE."
bullet"I just wanted to send a small message, hopefully encouraging, telling you how grateful I am for this web site...You are doing a wonderful deed, keep up the good work..."
 
bullet"You Scum. I hope anyone who visits your web page, and you...Get fu---ng axe murdered."
bullet"...you are a beacon of light in a confused world."
bulletMy hope and prayer, to ALL Gods and Goddesses, is that there are soon more people committed to living in harmony and tolerance of other. Thank you for being a voice of Love and Reason in a cacophony of hate and anger.

Continued in Part 2

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