"The best religion is tolerance."
I am going to mention a great essay for anyone who is looking for an example of the genre. It is "Mowing" by Nicholson Baker. It is the last essay in his book "The Way the World Works." The book is filled with fine essays of varied topics and variedly appealing, but all you have to do is read the last one. If you are familiar with Baker, that will be better, but if not, no harm. He is one of my favorite living writers.