On Valid And Invalid Fear

Race and religion are not of the same type. People of the same skin pigmentation are not out to change society's attitude towards women or gay people, for example, whilst religions and sub-groups of religions often are. To be scared of someone because they are black is a false fear (whether a person is black or white makes no difference to their beliefs about gender or sexuality). To be scared of someone because the imposition of their religion's doctrines would negatively affect your quality of life is understandable and, in many cases, warranted, especially when (as in the case of Roman Catholicism and Islam) religious organisations are actively trying to influence society politically.

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