An interesting conversation opertunity has presented itself. Before I respond I would like to see what you all think about this.
I was on facebook and saw a post by someone who has been proselytizing regularly.
"We should not let our bleiefs dehumanize people" - Facebook friend
To which I commented..... "How so"
Here is the message I got from her after posting the above comment. I am copying this directly from the source without any editing for spelling or grammar as I think it helps get the point across.
"What I meant by this comment was this, I love God very much and He has done a wonderful work in my life. I was a horrible person and made horrible discusting choices and God has redeemed me from this. I feel that I have seen the Truth for what I believe it is. I have learned to love people no matter where they are in their life OR what they believe. Alot of the problem in the world is that people only want to perceive their version of the Truth which is ok for each individual until they cause strife with it. Heres an example.. You have posted things that lead me to believe you are athiest. Ok fine, you can be that all day long if you want because its your life and your choice, I dont think this means that your in anyway demonic or evil or somebody I would refuse to leave my children alone with or atleats I hope not. I think that whether you except Christ or not, you are hopefully still equiped with the same things I am that make me want better for others and have a natural sense of protection that might make you save someone else from danger or even comfort someone you love when they cry. Your human and we must be careful not to dehumanize people just because they dont see how we see. Im sorry if my comment offended you because all im trying to say is how can we help people if all we do is critizise them for not thinking like we think. I hope that this letter cleared it up a little for you! Have a good day!"
Now, in my mind "dehumanizing" is exactly what religion does to people. I'd like to see what this community thinks before I share my response.