It's been nearly 4 years now since I completely woke up to the Watchtower lies.
Thinking back on my JW life, during the time I believed, the organization truly did teach us to hate all beliefs that were contrary to the Watchtower's.
I hated "false" religion.
So, when I finally woke up and applied critical thinking to my beliefs, I just went on hating religion in general...only this time I added JW's to that list.
A few months of waking up, I decided to base my beliefs on evidence. I didn't want to have a set of beliefs unless there was some logic or evidence behind it. So, now I consider myself an atheist.
And I kept on hating religion.
Within the last six months or so, something has changed. I suddenly don't hate religion anymore.
I'm still an atheist, but I've been reading a lot on Western Civilization and the contributions made to liberalism by religious ideas. The idea of a free press was started by religious people in an effort to get the bible into the hands of the layperson.
The idea of being tolerant of others beliefs, even if you disagree with them, started because of religion. John Locke was extremely influential on the enlightenment period and the liberal movement. The framers of the United States Constitution was heavily influenced by Locke and other liberal thinkers of their day.
I kind of took a detour there. I guess what I'm saying is that, even though I don't agree with believers and see no evidence of it:
IT'S OK TO BELIEVE IN GOD.
I truly feel that holding on to that tradition in our society is important to the preservation of individual human rights.
I do still detest certain religious practices, like the honor killings in the middle east, treatment of women, treatment of homosexuals. But religion, in general, has come a long way since the middle ages. Islam needs a reformation on the human rights front, I feel. But other than that, I think religion is continuing to get less oppressive over time. Hell, even Saudi Arabia is allowing women to drive now!
Anyhow, sometimes when leaving a group like the JWs, the pendulum can swing wildly the opposite direction. I think my pendulum is starting to get more centered now. Though I still am basing my beliefs on evidence, I no longer have any issue with people that want to believe in God.