to put this on a bigger scale...
in some countries women are being set on fire for doing something that goes against their families religious beliefs.
You may say that is an extremist and they don't represent all relgions.
no they don't, but if you were to tell people who are standing up and fighting for that woman's right to back off because you might upset the family...does that sound fair?
this kind of thinking filters through society on many levels, Cherilee I think gave teh example of gayrights. normal everyday people are hurting, being abused by other normal everyday people. And I'm sure majority of us can say they are , in some way , being affected by this.
should people not question those religious beliefs out of 'respect'?
People's children are being discrminated in schools for not believing in the religion that dominates that community.
Should parents sit by and not question religion in the school whilst their child sits as if being punished for half an hour because they are different out of respect?
Whilst I think calling people names is not productive at all.
I can't see how the feeling of having your religion laughed at would compare to the hurt people are feeling in ther lives daily because of the effect of that religion.
That is the other side of the coin. Can you respect that?
I think it has been made very clear in this thread you want a safe place to talk, support threads are to be treated in a supportive manner - that has been acknowledged and a virtual treaty agreed to I think.
If you are worried about people trolling in those sections, report or ignore.
If you want to participate in a thread that is debating and critiquing - participate. If you don't want to participate, don't.