"Adherents of a given religion, like everyone else, focus on things that confirm their attitudes and ignore things that don't. And they carry that tunnel vision into their own scripture; if there is hatred in their hearts they'll fasten onto the hateful parts of scripture, but if there is not, they won't. That is why American Muslims of good will can describe Islam as a religion of love. They see the good parts of scripture, and either don't see the bad or have ways of minimizing it.
So, too, with people who see in the Bible a loving and infinitely good God., They can maintain that view only by ignoring or downplaying parts of their own scripture."
By Robert Wright NYTimes 9/14/2010