In the Media: Individual attitudes are influenced by the images of other groups in the media and the press. For instance, many Serbian communities believed that the western media portrayed a negative image of the Serbian people during the NATO bombing in Kosovo and Serbia. This de-humanization may have contributed to the West's willingness to bomb Serbia. However, there are studies that suggest media images may not influence individuals in all cases. For example, a study conducted on stereotypes discovered people of specific towns in southeastern Australia did not agree with the negative stereotypes of Muslims presented in the media.
The question, therefore, isn’t whether one should be intolerant of bad ideas, but how . It’s true that, as Haidt and Etchemendy argue, many liberals are too quick to dismiss their political opponents as evil or stupid or, well, intolerant. This is ineffective—the right response is to challenge their mistaken claims. Blaming intolerance is intellectually lazy and hands proponents of repugnant ideologies a powerful rhetorical move for advancing their agendas—demanding their views be tolerated, since intolerance has been deemed unacceptable.
The three "Abrahamic" religions are much more of a competition and ideological conflict that would thus sometimes lead to physical conflicts. In contrast, the religions in China are more complementary -- so different as to not even be on the same playing field. The Yankees and Red Sox (and their fans) are rival teams in the same sport, trying to play against each other on the same playing field. But the Redskins and the Nationals playing different games on different fields are not in conflict with each other. Folks in DC can be fans of both teams rather than pick sides. Or think in terms of business: there are the Coke vs. Pepsi wars or Kellogg’s vs. Post cereals, or Honda vs. Toyota, or Microsoft vs. Apple... When the "product" is similar, there is competition. But Coke is not in conflict with Nabisco - in fact, a soda and chips go together quite well. They are completely different and thus complement each other; so too with certain religions.