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Comment by sk8eycat on September 15, 2011 at 10:09pm

I respect a person's right to believe whatever fantasy makes them feel good, but I don't have to respect what they believe.

 

I respect individuals according to their behavior...nothing else.

 

Sorry.  But I'm not a very nice person.

 

BTW my sister has been a JW for something like 40 years, and they do believe in absolute separation of church and state because they don't believe in "earthly" governments at all.  She lives with me...Mother left the house to both of us in a Living Trust...and she knows better than to try to get me to read one of her silly magazines.  But I feel sorry for her; she has no other friends outside of the congregation, and none of them act like real friends.  They don't call just to chat, or go out to eat, or anything like that...

 

And I have to laugh (to myself) at the feudal language of almost all religions: "Lord, Master, King - Kingdom" etc. 

Comment by Steph S. on September 15, 2011 at 2:32pm
I agree with Alexa - respect the person. Don't think I said that clearly last time I posted.
Comment by alexa penzner on September 15, 2011 at 2:10pm
p.s i didn't say i respected the 'religion', i said i respect the person.  a big difference :]
Comment by alexa penzner on September 15, 2011 at 2:06pm
dear humble brian -  belief is in the head.  flat earth is science.  2 completely different things.  if a person is a humanist and cares about other people and the earth, why should i disrespect her/him. this includes pagans, by the way.  belief is totally emotional and in the mind.  i have no respect for muslims who stone children to death, i have no respect for religionists who force you to think their way or your a disgusting person and will go to hell, i do not respect catholics who hide the priests who abuse boys, i do not respect trying to force intelligent design on the school system.  amazingly, i have know a few jehovah's witnesses who were friendly, very intelligent, and truly believed that one shouldn't celebrate a birthday, but give a present because it was a feeling good thing to do.  they did not proselytize. i even respect some republicans - oh my!!!!!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 15, 2011 at 1:49pm

Brian, I have to say I'm in agreement with your view.  When it comes to, for example, different schools of thought in economics, different styles of parenting or running a business, different approaches to government, I can respect the views of others as long as those views have been vetted and reasonably well thought out.  But when it comes to having a belief that goes totally against all known scientific facts and evidence, that's where I draw the line.  I cannot respect a belief that is 100% contrary to reality. 
Comment by Ian Mason on September 15, 2011 at 12:49pm
Brian, I could still respect you as a person even if you had som odd ideas. We might have some heated debates on the subject but don't have to insist that the other changes his mind. Brights can work with Supers on common humanitarian projects, for example. Dawkins and the Bishop of Oxford had a good relationship and the Bishop supported Dawkin's foundation because he thought that looney creationists were a danger. We can disagree and discuss without being offensive if both parties are prepared to do so. We only need to go on the attack when faced with religious intolerance rears its ugly head. Stay cool and save your powder for serious occasions.
Comment by Steph S. on September 15, 2011 at 11:36am
Alexa, I agree with you as well. I don't care what someone's beliefs are as long as they are a good person and respect my beliefs in return.
Hope everyone here is having a good day today.
Comment by Steph S. on September 15, 2011 at 11:31am
Jabal that is a lovely quote. I agree completely. Thanks for posting that.
Comment by Jabal Kawanja on September 15, 2011 at 10:49am

Is it true that the beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them?


Comment by Aaron Wiitanen on September 14, 2011 at 11:29am

whoa, what happened there??

 

 

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