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    No I don't really care. I have friends from all religions.

    I also don't mind if they talk about their religion, I like my friends talking about things that are important to them (I'm sure my friends get sick of me talking about birth etc!).

    I wouldn't appreciate being 'preached to' or my friends trying to 'convert' me, including about God who I believe in, but have never had that problem.

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    I'm going to have to dissent here and say yes it does affect my opinion of them.

    It suggests to me that they are willing to believe in things that have no evidence.

    It may also suggest they could be an intellectually dishonest person, overlooking contradictions, not acknowledging bias, etc.

    And depending on how fundamentalist they are it might mean they hold opinions which are abhorrent to me.

    So yes, a person's religion does influence my opinion of them.

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    Nope. I go by a persons behaviour rather than their faith or anything else.
    This. So completely this.

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    Yes and no.
    It's curiosity. Lol. One of my ex's is Muslim, and I think I honestly drove him insane by my incessant questions. Not out of a desire to "convert" him from Islam, but because I was sooo curious about a new religion, I wanted to learn about it. And he also wanted to take me back to his home country to see it. He said it was beautiful, and I wanted to avoid making any scenes/upsetting anyone from general ignorance about the customs and culture.
    I'm the same for women in our bus mall who wear the hijab and burqa(sp). I find it really interesting. Since all I'd learnt about these two items of clothing was INCREDIBLY biased by the media, I like to find out information and form my own opinions. I've been lucky in the way that I've not insulted anyone with my questions, because I really don't mean to, and I'm also lucky that most of the people I talk to understand that my questions stem from ignorance and they appreciate that I'm trying to rectify it.

    But no, personally, it doesn't, unless they're trying to really, really force their opinions on me. Then it just gets irritating.

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    Yeah, it kinda does, because I know that the things I say are not exactly "religion appropriate," and so when I discover that someone I meet is religious, I know we probably won't have any sort of real, deep friendship because I just know we're unlikely to be compatible.

    It does depend on how religious, of course, but I tend to find I enjoy the company of atheists more.

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    Yes. I'm sure the members of the Westboro Baptist church can be quite lovely but knowing what they all believe, I would absolutely judge a person if they told me they were a member and would be unwilling to spend any more time around them. Which is just as well as I doubt they'd want to spend time with me and my flamboyantly gay mates.

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    Usually not. I used to date a Mormon and I went into the relationship without prejudice. I asked a lot of questions about his church and it's belief system and we often had discussions and debates. It wasn't until about 2-3 months later that my opinion of him and his religion changed and I had to end things. I just felt like he had been brainwashed and his arguments made no sense.

    I'm an atheist by the way and I have a background in science.


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    Nope not at all.

    Its how they act with it.

    If they constantly bombard me with it and go on and on and on...I then re think their company.

    But I have seen bombardment from so many people..hillsong, catholic, buddhist, atheist.

    I do find it funny that often, people will complain of one religion bombarding them, and then bombard me with their beliefs.

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    Honestly? I thought hard about and have to say yes. Because there is one religious group that makes me sick to my stomach and I wish that I could lock them all up.
    Westboro Baptist Church. The things that they preach and do sicken me. EVERY other religion has it's extremists and moderates. ANY other religion has a happy medium. But WBC make me want to hulk out and smack heads together in a rather unladylike way.

    I can hand on heart say that there is no other religion that if a complete stranger walked up to me, introduced themselves and said "Hi, I'm Joe Bloggs and I'm a (insert religion here)" would make me judge them instantly. I might think they were a bit forward about their religion leaping out of the gates with it like that, but I would make the assumption about their personality rather than their religious beliefs.

    But if a person from WBC did that... I'd probably snarl and launch into a round of anger-fueled ranting that would have them running. And if it didn't, I'd probably start throwing punches until they did.

    (Passionate dislike for the tenets of their faith).


 

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