"People react with hatred when their beliefs are threatened, because their beliefs are the way they cope with the fear of the unknown.* Rather than face the terror of their true ignorance, they attack that which threatens their coping mechanism. People identify with their beliefs and thus identify with the survival effort of those beliefs as well."
Arthur B. Hancock, The Game of God (1993)
*Just to be clear, we are ALL in the same boat. This quote is not a judgment; rather, it is simply a pronouncement of what simply is. At least, that's how I read it, especially in context. Thanks.