Ridiculous Religion Holds On To Their Adherents By Requiring Isolationism
Followers of monotheistic religions think the same way. Believer's of Christianity and Islam are admonished not to form alliances or relationships with non-believers.
Christianity: "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?...Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord." 2 Corinthians 6: 14-17
Islam: "O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk." Surah V, 51.
Please take a look at this modern example of such protectionism found on a Facebook page posted recently by a young Christian woman named Cindy. Here is a link where you can read her nonsense.
When I used to be a Christian, I went to a meeting that my son had invited me to. It turned out that the speaker for the evening was a leading Wiccan who had one hour to explain her beliefs. My first thought, being a good Christian at the time, was to get out of there. But my second thought, which I'm glad I followed, was that if God was in me, why should I be afraid to listen to her. Since that time I have come to view such fear as sadly cultic. Now, it is clear to me that any religious person's hesitance to get to know someone holding different views, while outwardly appearing obedient to his faith, is really reacting to a built in safety mechanism of that particular faith to keep its adherents from widening their perspectives. Dogma must be maintained in a realm of narrow focus. Extremism cannot prosper when adherents feel free to expose their beliefs by entering into friendly association with those outside their tight little religious group. In the realm of religion, whenever someone is forbidden to speak to, enter into relationships with, or marry good human beings of another point of view, I see it as a huge flaw and weakness telling of underlying falsehood.