Originally Posted by Powerstoned
Should all religions be respected, simply because they are labeled "a religion"?
Lots of people have different theories and hypothesis about how the world/life works, but it seems if someone simply adds in the deity of their choice to that idea, all of a sudden that idea is now elevated to "should be respected by all". Why?
If I believed the world was flat, nearly every person, religious or not, would call me crazy, but if I said "My religion and god says the world is flat" now that idea is supposed to be respectable?
It's a tricky question. I see what you're saying though.
But really, it's difficult because some religions have fairly harmless beliefs that should be respected in their own right. Example, who cares if Jehova's Witnesses don't want to celebrate holidays? That's their business.
The biggest problem with allowing religions to practice their beliefs is that many of them feel they are doing God's work by forcing their beliefs onto the entire country. Examples: Mormons with Prop 8, Many Christian religions with women's right to choose, Jehova's Witnesses going door to door (although they are relatively harmless, just a little annoying), etc.
I guess it comes down to the fact that religious followers believe that their beliefs should be respected, but refuse to respect the beliefs of other people. In theory, we should all be respected for what we believe and be allowed to make our own morality choices (within some parameters, of course), but people get this high and mighty feeling due to this system and feel that they have every right to make their religious beliefs political law. Separation of church and state is supposed to stop this, but we are essentially a Catholic country so religion finds it's ways into the laws, particularly in Southern states.