Active Jehovah’s Witnesses often accuse apostates like me of hating their religion. Yes, I fervently criticize their doctrines and policies, but I wouldn’t consider strong criticism hate.
I believe that religion should be criticized. Criticism is what fosters progress. Progress helps a religion to adapt to an open society. While it is paramount for criticism to also come from people inside the faith, with Cults like Jehovah’s Witnesses where criticism equals apostasy, I believe it is important that there are outside critics as well.
But speaking of hatred, the next time I am accused of it, I will quote Rowan Atkinson.
“As hatred is defined as intense dislike, what is wrong with inciting intense dislike of a religion, if the activities or teachings of that religion are so outrageous, irrational or abusive of human rights that they deserve to be intensely disliked?”
– Rowan Atkinson