A lot of theists have told me "You have to respect religion!" When I point out logical holes in it, or how ridiculous it sounds to believe in a 2,000 year old man who is his own father is. They expect me and other non-theists to show respect for their beliefs, yet many theists have no problem professing their religious beliefs to non-theists, but point out the flaws of their beliefs is simply "disrespectful"
What are your thoughts on this?

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That's the only sane course of action - don't force the issue, but if they insist then they will hear some shit they don't want to hear.
I respect people's rights to believe in religions. I don't respect the belief in these religions.
Theists have been told that they deserve respect since time immemorial.

This is why religion is protected from being viewed as delusion on a medical level: and only if we can change that outmoded view, can we being to show the deeply religous for the deeply mentally ill that they really are.
Well said to you as well Marco Draco. I truly think those that fervently believe in the existence of the things professed by religion may be mentally ill to varying degrees.
No snake oil salesmen deserve respect. It's not up to us to disprove the snake oil it's up to the salesman / manufacturer to provide customers with proven scientific fact. I dont mind if grown adults want to believe in their snake oil products and death cults but when they indoctrinate innocent children into their eternal torture death cults that is just unforgivable!
I think this quote sums it up for me. "I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it." - Edith Sitwell. Most theists don't realize or have even thought about how stupid their primitive beliefs are. It's those that think that they are superior because of their stupid beliefs who will get their ass whooped by me if they try to stuff it down my throat.
The only shame in ignorance is taking pride in lt.
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I will respect all peoples right to believe what they wish, no matter how rediculous it seems to me. When they do not keep their view private nor shall I.
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No,I don't believe that you should respect theism.It is the cause of so many wars.It is oppressive and causes hate.Religions have no respect but for their own"chosen"group.I'm with Dawkins when is says religion is a virus.Should we respect a virus?
No and no.

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