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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Since the existence of god has no more evidentiary proof than non-existence, aren't both sides equal here?
    Why should one side look down on the other?

    Ignorance is the only reason I can think of.
    No one should look down regardless of which side one falls on. The Athiest or Agnostic should not disrespect the Christian anymore than the Christian should disrespect them. It should be about showing courtesy to people we don’t see eye to eye with. As a person of faith I do believe in treating people as I want to be treated, but that doesn’t mean that an agnostic or atheist would not do the same. Unfortunately, “tolerance” tends to be given lip service more than anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets View Post
    No one should look down regardless of which side one falls on. The Athiest or Agnostic should not disrespect the Christian anymore than the Christian should disrespect them. It should be about showing courtesy to people we don’t see eye to eye with. As a person of faith I do believe in treating people as I want to be treated, but that doesn’t mean that an agnostic or atheist would not do the same. Unfortunately, “tolerance” tends to be given lip service more than anything else.

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    Agreed and I believe there's more intolerance on the religious side than on the agnostic/atheist.
    It would be almost impossible for an honest agnostic to be elected President...for example. (seems like most people resent or are incapable of defending their beliefs)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets View Post
    No one should look down regardless of which side one falls on. The Athiest or Agnostic should not disrespect the Christian anymore than the Christian should disrespect them. It should be about showing courtesy to people we don’t see eye to eye with. As a person of faith I do believe in treating people as I want to be treated, but that doesn’t mean that an agnostic or atheist would not do the same. Unfortunately, “tolerance” tends to be given lip service more than anything else.

    My two cents...
    We are not a religious household (although many of my extended family and friends are). I always told my kids to follow the golden rule. That worked out pretty well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    We are not a religious household (although many of my extended family and friends are). I always told my kids to follow the golden rule. That worked out pretty well.
    Morality does not require religious belief.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    We are not a religious household (although many of my extended family and friends are). I always told my kids to follow the golden rule. That worked out pretty well.
    That's the thing, most of the time people complain about athiests or non-religious looking down on religious people, its usually always the reaction of the non-religious to the religious people not following the golden rule. If everybody just shut up about their religion and stopped thinking they score any points by peddling it others or forcing their religion into laws, or into real world problems, then there would be no issues at all.

    And also just arguing against the belief, or making arguments about how absurd it is, is often what religious people claim to be "non-religious looking down on them". It's just usually a deflection. If the religious want to constantly talk about their religion, then non-religious have every right to talk about their views.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Morality does not require religious belief.
    I totally agree with you. But beyond that, most religions based on the belief in God, perceive that God created man based on God's own image. Such is not a physical image, but rather, I guess what I will label as a spiritual image. Accordingly, if God created everyone in such an image, would not even an atheist have the ability to be moral and loving assuming such are characteristics of God's spiritual image.

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    I think two major factors why religion is strongly believed by some people is twofold. First, fear. Fear of the unknown. And fear of death. The African tribesman sees an airplane in the sky, something totally outside his experience. It scares him so labeling it a god helps reduce that fear. And even today people are just afraid of ceasing to be. The concept of just simply being gone is way too scary.

    Second, conceit. The attitude that they are way too important to just cease to exist so they will easily swallow the story that if they jump through the right hoops they will have eternal bliss.

    Unfortunately some of them think that makes them superior in all ways to those who don't think that way.

    Atheist don't believe for varying reasons too. Some due to bitter experiences related to religion, many because the can only see the illogic and contradictions in religion. And some think that makes them intellectually superior in all ways.

    And those two groups look down their noses at the other.

    Generalizations obviously, and there are other factors. But the above is part of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Morality does not require religious belief.
    Preach it brother!!

    I think at time my family is too nice to people. We get used sometimes. But I would rather have that happen then compromise our morals and integrity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Since the existence of god has no more evidentiary proof than non-existence, aren't both sides equal here?
    Why should one side look down on the other?

    Ignorance is the only reason I can think of.
    Mr. Devil,

    How else are we suppose to look at you eventually? I mean, we will all be up there, and you all, down below.

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