On this continent alone, some of us grew up Christian, some of us Jewish, and some Unitarian. Some of us were raised Buddhist, some Quaker, or Muslim, Hindu, or Wiccan. Some of us were even raised Scientologist. Many of us have been taught that our own mythology is the right, or only, one. This makes coexistence way tougher than it needs to be. Mythologies with more power than others to enforce their beliefs bully the world and make it difficult, or nearly impossible, to live differently from their traditions and from their ideas of purity and righteousness. Ideally, nobody would wanna impose their beliefs on anyone -- we would just try to prevent meanness and preserve everyone's right to pursue happiness.
-- Kate Bornstein, Hello, Cruel World, p. 49