I do not understand religious intolerance at all ! I am an Independent Asatru but I have read all the major works from other religions and philosophies, and they are not so different from us. They have their own systems of honor and devotion for their deities as we do and love them just as much as we do. How can you not respect people who give their hearts, minds and souls to a greater being than ourselves? I do not agree with everthing I read in these works but It does give me the opportunity to see where they are coming from and why they think as they do.
In life I try to judge each person on an individual basis . In the Eddas it says something to the effect that no man is so wretched as to have no worth, and I believe that wholeheartedly. I seldom, if ever, even ask people what religion they belong to because I do not feel it is my business to know. I believe in what Dr. Martin Luther King said about judging a person by the content of their character and nothing else. Do I dislike some individuals? Of course ! But I base my decision after speaking to them. I try to understand them and then make an informed decision.
So give all people a chance. Don' t judge them on preconceptions you may have. Talk to them and try to see them for who they are. We are all different, but also very much alike. Read their holy scriptures, if you have time, and piece together in your mind their point of view on this life and the next. We are all a part of this great puzzle we call the human race. And only when you put all the pieces together can you see the broader mosaic picture that is mankind. It is always easy to make fun of people behind closed doors or on the internet. Let us find the courage and the strength to reach out our hands in friendship to those who do not believe as we do. I know we are strong enough, we are Asatru ! Remember also that our religion is based on a system of honor, and there is no honor in dishonoring other people !
All I am saying in a nutshell is give everyone a chance and then make an informed decision on individual people. Listed below are some of the major works of other religions and philosophies that I have read that may be useful.
The Koran, The Bible, The Ramayana, The Mahabharata, The Bhagavad - Gita, The Way of the Pilgrim, The Essential Rumi, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, The Kabbalah, Confucious, I Ching, Tao Te Ching, The Book of Mormon and of course our Eddas.
Go with Odin' s wisdom, Freyja' s love and Thor' s protection !