Imagine, for a moment, followers of Jesus, for example, holding a crucifix and basing their arguments on an embellished and unreliable interpretation of Christian fundamentalism.
Kinda like Chuck Norris, perhaps?
Or, say, the NRA's interpretation of the 2nd Amendment?
There's one line that has been consistently delivered by leaders both religious and civil throughout time:
Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you.
If you don't trust people,
you make them untrustworthy.
Trust requires respect; respect necessitates understanding. Through respect flows empowerment.
It's really as simple than that.