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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:53 PM
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Poll question: Should religious views be respected more than political views?
By 'respected more', I mean exempt from harsh criticism.

For example:

Republicans are disconnected from reality. Buddhists are disconnected from reality.

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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ContinentalOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:57 PM
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1. No. They're the same. Personal opinions that people hold by choice. -nt-
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angrycarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:00 PM
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2. Both should be based on how stupid they are.
How realistic or delusional.
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:00 PM
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3. The majority of human beings never learn the meaning of "respect" in their lifetimes.
There's no such thing as "degrees of respect." If you show "less" respect or "more" respect in ANY situation...race, religion, gender, sexuality, ANY situation...it only demonstrates a complete lack of misunderstanding of the word.

The more effort we put into separating ourselves from fellow human beings, the greater the chances of being separated.

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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:05 PM
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6. I predicted that the word 'respect' would cause difficulties,
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 09:22 PM by ZombieHorde
Which is why I tried to clarify my intentions.

The more effort we put into separating ourselves from fellow human beings, the greater the chances of being separated.

Which can be a very good thing in some situations.


edit to add: The majority of Human Beings do not speak English, so it is no surprise that they never learn the meaning of the word 'respect'. Same with the entomology of the word 'kunoichi'.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:03 PM
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4. It really depends upon the venue
where the discussion takes place. If you are talking about DU, both are fair game. If you're talking about a diplomatic summit, or a world religious council, then no. In those venues, diplomacy is needed so that necessary work be done.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:08 PM
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7. I was thinking about DU, but my poll didn't even hint at that intention.
Thanks for clarifying.
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MrModerate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:04 PM
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5. Traditionally, because religious beliefs are faith-based . . .
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 09:04 PM by MrModerate
While political beliefs are supposed to be policy-based (and bear direct a relationship to consensus reality), religious beliefs have been treated more gently. At least in America.

Personally, I take this to mean that religious beliefs are psychological derangements and it's impolite to make fun of people who aren't well.

Given that "politeness" is one of the major binders holding society together, I'd lean toward letting religious beliefs pass.

Unless they begin to intrude on policy, and then they need to be pushed back on. Not because of their truth/untruth, but because they simply should have no bearing on public policy, period.
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Ferret Annica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:13 PM
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8. Send down another one....
.... we'll nail him up too.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:26 PM
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9. I think there is a difference..
between opinion and belief. And I don't think too many people examine what it is they themselves truly believe. I don't think we are a very thoughtful society, and our views are what lies on the surface. So...nothing is respected.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:31 PM
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10. What do you think is the difference between religion and belief?
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:49 PM
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13. what I believe has nothing to do..
with religion, it is my own truth. It requires no books, no building, no person to 'teach' me. It is mine, and mine alone. It is who I am. Religion is interesting, but I think it has more to do with the outside than the inside.
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ladjf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:39 PM
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11. Religious views are fabricated notions. I have no respect for that.
However, I don't care how every one else regards such views.
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Idealism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:43 PM
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12. Religious views of other people is none of my business
So long as they don't infringe upon my rights.

I think many religions are downright stupid in their premise/history of events, but you are free to think and believe what you'd like as long as you aren't trying to get me to think the same.

Political beliefs should be the only real merit politicians are judged on, with a dash of morality for good measure.
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:17 PM
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14. As long as people aren't trying to impose religious views on others
I say leave it alone. Political views are, by definition, views that you want to impose on others.
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onager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:39 AM
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15. This guy said it best...
Edited on Tue Dec-09-08 01:40 AM by onager
One of the most irrational of all the conventions of modern society is the one to the effect that religious opinions should be respected...

(This) convention protects them, and so they proceed with their blather unwhipped and almost unmolested, to the great damage of common sense and common decency.

That they should have this immunity is an outrage. There is nothing in religious ideas, as a class, to lift them above other ideas. On the contrary, they are always dubious and often quite silly.

Nor is there any visible intellectual dignity in theologians. Few of them know anything that is worth knowing, and not many of them are even honest.
--H.L. Mencken
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moggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 05:56 AM
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16. I'm not sure they're really different
Both religious ideas and political ideas attempt to explain the world. Both prescribe the way things should be done. Both tend to be learned from your parents, though you may rebel as a teenager. Both are often held with great fervour, despite a lack of empirical support. Both tend to define an ingroup and an outgroup, and regard the latter as the enemy. You can change your mind on both, but it's likely to be a difficult and painful transition.
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