***Disclaimer: I have absolutely no problem with any religion or ideology on its own. My philosophy of life is pretty straight forward, do whatever you want as long as you aren’t hurting anyone else. Gay, straight, sexual preference, ethnicity, religion, are all irrelevant to how I interact with people. Power to everyone. Believe whatever you want, do whatever you want, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. It’s simple.
What I do have a problem with is how some religions sell themselves and how some lead to poor treatment of others, whether that be women, homosexuals, people with different religious beliefs, etc. That violates my “do no harm” clause above. If someone wants to be close-minded that’s their prerogative, as long as it doesn’t affect others. As for marketing, some religions, or branches of those religions (emphasis on some, not all), use the same persuasive techniques that advertisers do to try and influence and shape public opinion. I don’t have a problem with religions trying to increase their flock as long as it’s done honestly. That’s not always the case. It’s one thing to state your beliefs, or have an open and honest conversation, it’s another to use subterfuge. That’s bullshit, and I have no problem calling anyone on their bullshit.***