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  •  Just being a decent human being? (4+ / 0-)

    Why would you not want to respect another person's belief?  Exactly what purpose is served by disrespecting someone else's belief?

    Respect is not the same as agreement.  It is, however, basic common courtesy that enables society to function in a positive way.

    The disrespect shown by the right for those with different beliefs and the resulting gridlock in this country should alone be a sufficient reason for showing respect to those with different beliefs.

    "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

    by gustynpip on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 08:33:57 AM PDT

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    •  That doesn't explain anything (1+ / 0-)
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      Dr Teeth

      That just says that in your world view, religion is one special belief that commands respect.  

      It specifically avoids answering the question I asked.  

      I don't respect every opinion that anyone holds.  What is it about religious belief that commands respect?  

      I'm sure there are plenty of things for which you have no respect, but religion  is one that gets a special place.  

      My question is specifically why religion deserves respect.

      •  Wrong. It says that in my world view, you (1+ / 0-)
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        respect others' beliefs about anything as long as those beliefs are not hurting you or someone else.  Period.  I don't care whether they're religious beliefs or any other beliefs.  That doesn't mean you can't discuss them, argue about them, try to change the other person's opinion.  But you do all those things respectfully.

        I'm thinking you have a different idea of respect than do I.  I don't have to agree and I don't have to think your belief makes sense or even that it might be right in order for me to respect it.  Respect simply means not being rude and obnoxious about your disagreement and not treating the person with that belief as an idiot.  If you disagree with that concept of treating someone with a different religious view, I don't think there's anything left to discuss.  

        About the only kinds of things I don't respect are things like the belief it's okay to mistreat people or animals, that others don't have the right to make their own decisions, that one group of people is inferior to another, etc.  Religious beliefs are certainly not in that category unless the person or religion is claiming the right to do those things.  Which many do and I can't say I respect those.  But simply the belief in a supreme being?  I can quite easily respect  anyone who holds that belief.

        "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

        by gustynpip on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 01:24:50 PM PDT

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