Why I Don’t Respect Your Beliefs

belief
/bɪˈlif/
1. something believed; an opinion or conviction: a belief that the earth is flat.
2. confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof: a statement unworthy of belief.
3. confidence; faith; trust: a child’s belief in his parents.
4. a religious tenet or tenets; religious creed or faith: the Christian belief.

No, I will not even entertain the notion of respecting your beliefs

When I first filled out my Twitter bio, I didn’t think too much about that statement. I just wanted something that summarised some of my thoughts toward religion. Since then, a number of theists have commented on it, using words to describe me, like ‘intolerant’ ‘bigot’ & ‘handsome’. What they have all failed to realise is that there is no reason a belief should be entitled to any modicum of respect. What is a belief after all? It’s nothing more than an idea held by someone. Should ideas not be judged on their own merit and not merely accepted and respected just because a large number of people happen to hold them? I might believe that the earth is flat, but should you have to respect that belief? Obviously not, and you would more than likely challenge and ridicule that belief. If I attempt to extend my belief beyond the sphere of my own life, this belief of mine has now become your issue.

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Outside an Orwellian dystopia, people are free to believe whatever they choose. The freedom to hold a belief however, does not entitle that belief to any respect. While they are extreme examples, the Nazis and the KKK clearly illustrate my point: both had/have very strong beliefs (which may actually be rooted in religion, but that is a topic unto itself). While the small number of repugnant individuals who still share those beliefs might disagree, it’s safe to say that the vast majority of people today would accord those beliefs exactly zero respect. The holder of a belief should be respected if that respect is in fact earned/deserved, people’s right to hold a belief should also be respected, but the belief itself exists only in the mind of the person or people that hold it and thus is not entitled to any respect.

This is why I won’t even entertain the notion of respecting anyone’s beliefs.

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3 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Respect Your Beliefs

  1. That really makes for a conductive state of being. You don’t respect my beliefs, but you respect my not respecting your’s because you like not respecting mine, so there can be no dialogue as we are all as stubborn as shit and unwilling to even consider truths that may be beyond our own comprehension, of which there are always many. Fucking genius you are.

    • Mate, don’t try to use big words that you don’t understand. Perhaps you meant ‘conducive’?

      Yours is a possessive pronoun and does not need an apostrophe to indicate possession; that would be redundant.

      Everything else was just gibberish, you clearly didn’t understand the post. Try reading it more slowly next time.

      -Perth Atheist

    • Just because we don’t know an answer doesn’t make it “beyond our comprehension,” it just means we don’t know YET. That “beyond our comprehension” canard is used to wave off absurdities and deflect criticism.

      A god of “unconditional love” that will torture me with fire FOREVER because HE won’t provide the evidence I need to know he is real? Oh, his “perfect justice is beyond our comprehension.”

      Nonsense, it’s just a ridiculous assertion that no one with a brain would accept in ANY other context.

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