We're living together, and it means any prevailing ideology is going to affect the whole society. Religions mean norms, taboos, which translate into laws and mores.
Yes, are you?
Because there is a history of believer imposing view on others, starting wars, changing laws. Look at the Islamic world, they have a lot of freedom there!!
Probably because judgemental attitudes, prejudice and even beheadings are and depriving others of their human rights are justified in the name of that sky fairy
Makes ya wonder, doesn't it?
No person gets extremely angry about a topic without a compelling reason. For example, many people in Iceland believe in Gnomes. I do not. However, I wouldn't get on EP and swear at and belittle an Icelandic person for believing in Gnomes. Why? Because I don't care.
They pick on kids who believe in Santa Claus to.
I am not really sure what I believe anymore, but I don't understand that...I mean, what is the point? I can at least understand people who believe in something that brings them happiness wanting to share that with others. I don't understand why people who don't believe in anything want to convince people not to believe in anything either. You are correct, ma'am...makes not sense.
challenges their knowledge base and they resist with venom
Doesn't bother me. Unless what you believe in leads you to harm other people (believing in your country, for example).
I was very inspired in my youth by someone who said something like: I totally believe in the teachings of Jesus, except that bit about the existence of God.
I feel the same way about Buddhism. .love it . But reincarnation, I don't think so. Can't get my head round that
We all have the right to believe or not, for what ever reason they give you a hard time let them, your faith is an anchor that holds you in place so you don't drift away, let the other's float around till they find their anchor and what ever there anchor holds them too.
The ones that practise name calling are dumb. I don't believe in a lot of things people believe in but I don't really care so much as to offend them and call them names. Makes no sense. You are free to believe and I am free to not believe. I think the name calling starts when the believers try to shove their beliefs down other people's throats and start spreading it. That's wrong. Keep your beliefs to yourself and no one will care.
Okay, firstly please note that I am female so don't call me Sir, secondly I never blamed you particularly for shoving anything down anyone's throat, read again and this time pay attention. Pay close attention. I think your habit of taking everything personally is standing in your way. Don't blame others for offending you.
"I don't believe it...." as Victor Mildrew says it in "One Foot In The Grave"..