Golden rule should take precedent
Religions are interested in indoctrinating those born into the faith and converting those who are of a different faith.
This indoctrination/conversion process is governed by the concept that the end justifies the means. A quick look at recent history will show this to be true, ask any First Nation survivor of the Christian school horrors perpetrated on them in the name of Christianity. The hundreds of thousands of people killed in the Middle East are unable to testify to the horrors inflicted on them by religious wars in that area.
The world is awash in religious fanaticism, whether it is the man god of North Korea, Allah, Jesus or the almighty dollar. Fanatics have forsaken truth, decency, care and concern for all people in the blind pursuit of their personal religious salvation. The world will continue to be a murderous place to live as long as religious fanatics are able to mesmerize the faithful and stir them to hatred of those who are different. If your personal god says you should hate or you should enforce your faith on others I think you are praying to the wrong god.
Living by the golden rule, due unto others as you would have them do unto you, will probably meet the tenets of any religion. Too bad so many adherents to these religions do not live by this simple rule. Bill Sullivan, Hamilton