If you love a flower, don't pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.
Attributing bigotry and closed mindedness to religion is a false dichotomy. The truly wise always know their is more to learn and that s/he is, truly, ever a fool. Only a true fool believes they know everything.