Good question J H. I think it can be attributed to our competitive nature. You know...me right...you wrong.. like a ball game... there is only one winner, and the other side is a LOSER! We are just mean human beings and very selfish in our nature. There are thousands of religious people who do not do as you have described, but yes, there are thousands who do. Anytime you meet someone who speaks with so much certainty about any subject, take a deep breath and remember, no one has all the answers for everybody. We have to each find our own way in this world of spirituality, or else it means nothing to us. But, seeking and finding brings certainty, in some, while others continue seeking because they have found. They are the open-minded ones. Those are the ones you can learn the most from.
To do that you need only become an atheist.
I have suffered the horrors of the Gulag, where the Soviets sent people for not being atheist. That is the truth about how atheists are, and that is why they play their games. The thing is, as angry and frightened as atheists are, and as much as they want us to hate them, all I have for atheists is pity.
These are the cheapest and bitterest of people. Hell for them will be to have to exist alone with their hideous memories.
Rocmike give it a break.