Friday, March 5, 2010
Beliefs are not due any respect
Beliefs are not due any respect.
Would you respect my belief if I said that the moon was made of green cheese or would you call it silly even though you respected me?
Would you respect my belief if I said that I believed that goblins made my garden grow or would you think me a bit off for putting out a bucket of cheese for them every night?
Would you respect my belief if I thanked the devil for all that we know because I thought he had been given a bad rap for all his supposed wrongdoings?
What if I said that I believed that the holocaust never happened and that I thought it was propaganda?
Would you respect that?
Nor should you.
They are ridiculous things to say.
That is my whole point, beliefs are not due any respect merely because we espouse them as beliefs.
They are only due respect if we can show that they are true, or that they have useful relevance to reality.
What is ridiculous are people who expect "respect" for unfounded and bizarre claims about reality when they go against everything that we know to be true.
What is ridiculous are people who hide behind the statement "it is what I believe" with the full expectation of it not to be questioned merely because it is a belief.
What is ridiculous are people who hold beliefs which are hateful, harmful and interfering under the guise of morality merely because they are religious.
Beliefs inform actions, and actions must be justifiable.
So far, religious beliefs are not,
and that is why I don't respect them.