What is the deal with idolatry? Why is it so hated and shunned and reviled? The Bible and Koran and Talmud describe it as perhaps the number 1 sin. Even in Hinduism we find controversy over idolatry. There are no Idols in the original Vedas and the Puranas say that idolatry only appears in the Kali Yuga (fallen age). There are a few reason I see why idolatry is such an issue to monotheists. First, an idol is a physical representation that human have chosen another god above the Abrahamic god. The God of the Christians and Muslims and Jews has an inferiority complex, because he is inferior and unlovable. This god cannot tolerate the presence of any other god, and when other gods do appear. people flee him in the droves, because he is a sadistic and ugly slave master.
There is another reason which is very possible, and one I am very willing to entertain, and that is that there could have been some abuse associated with idolatry. Now this is not to say that the monotheists engage in any less abuse, but far worse, they have reaped more death and war than any idolater ever dreamed. However, we do know form Hindu scriptures that idolatry only appears in the dark age, because the human mind had become to weak and distracted to envision or think of god without a physical representation. If this is true, and idols only appear with lower consciousness, than it is likely that idols also appear with more cruel and stupid practices, and so people begin to not only hate idolatry but the entire religion they represent.
The monotheists use this social discontent against the degraded Hindu and Pagan hierarchy and promise a better life under the one true god, but this is a trap, there is only one way in and no way out. In Kali Yuga, human have less control over themselves and thus they need more rules and regulations. While the Pagans try to adapt to the circumstances and become harsher, monotheism was born in these circumstances and so the monotheists have a better adapted rule system which keeps people in check, and the populace craves this. This is why we know from scripture that in the Kali Yuga, people will prefer the way of the Mleccha (non-Vedic) because these are actually better adapted to the modern declined state of humanity.
Yet there is another explanation, and one which I think is most fitting. Some schools of Vedanta teach us that the Hindu rituals of the Vedas are a series of reminders and concepts which help to break down the barriers between our individual consciousness (Atman) and the universal consciousness (Brahman). The realized link between the two would supposedly give the practitioner powers and abilities which seem like "magic" but are not, one could even create a god through his thoughts. Even the Vedas say that most of the gods are "fed" by our prayers.
The Bible, the Koran and the Talmud all make it clear that when they are outlawing idolatry they are also outlawing "sorcery". Could it be possible that in the fallen age, men and women would use idols rather than open air fires and chants to focus their minds in on an intention and thus produce a result? We all know everything can be used for good and bad, outlawing idolatry is not a movement to ban "child sacrifice" as the stoning of "rebellious" children and mass slaughter if infants in the Bible would suggest.
Now this brings us to those Hindus who deride idolatry because they do not come from the Vedas and are the product of Kali Yuga and tribalism. The Vedas are not opposed to foreign knowledge, they would only be opposed to that which attempts to attack or thwart them, and this simply be ignorance as we find in the Bible and Koran. Hindu idolatry does not detract from the Vedas, actually they expand the reach of the Vedas by molding their teachings to more modern practices. One cannot help but be brought back to the Vedas when engaging in Hindus idol rituals, the names of the gods, their stories, their symbols, many of these have Vedic influence and the Tribal influence is too scattered absorbed to pose any threat to the Vedas themselves. Idols are the Vedas in modern clothing, though most might find it hard to find the thread.
There are many reasons why the monotheists hate idolatry, it is a reminder to them that if given the choice people don't want their god, they also likely fear what can be done with idolatry, that people can use these images to focus their minds on an idea and thus gain certain metaphysical powers that the monotheists don't want people having. The god of the Bible and Koran wanted to keep people ignorance, he didn't want them having knowledge, and neither do his people. It is time to unleash the power of idolatry on our enemies, it is time to remind them that they are nothing but spiritual slavers and hypocrites. I am ready to die for idolatry, the monotheists have already killed a part of me, they killed whatever compassion and understanding I stupidly had for their devious minds. I am ready to die for idolatry, maybe I already have.