Give me a reason why. I've asked you three times now. I didn't put any words in your mouth, you just don't understand English very well. Unlike you, just because I don't respect an opinion it does not follow that I don't respect (and want to restrict) their freedom. You didn't answer my question. You just did a smoke and mirrors trick to try to avoid answering it. Respecting the right to an opinion is different than respecting an opinion. Now answer the question. So? Give me an answer. Their opinion about their faiths is greater than mine and more valuable than mine. They have spent years of their lives in the study of their faith whereas I haven't. True. No, you're just a ****ing idiot who can't read. I never said anything like that, you're just making a fake strawman of my post to knock over. How can I debate a person in English who doesn't understand it? That the person with the masters degree in a field of study should value other people's opinion who have no degree in the same field of study? No, why should he/she? Tolerance, literally, is useless. There has to be actions that a person is intolerant. I'm intolerant of causing harm and repressing rights. You apparently respect and tolerate the idea that rights should be suppressed and one group to dictate the will of another group. I am intolerant of the idea itself. I am tolerant of the right to say it. As a rule of thumb, the educated have a more rational opinion than the uneducated. That said, the uneducated can come up with brilliant ideas. Ideas should be judged on their own merit, but if somebody is not a student in the field in discussion, the person who is more educated in that field generally has the better opinion. No, every opinion does not have the same value. A person who has If you were serious, I would accept your opinion over the random person off the street. But you know more of it than those who don't study it. How is this up to debate? Instead of attacking me, you attacking a strawman hanging on a post for an easier fight. WHen you defeat the strawman, you think you've defeated me. Basically you're arguing with something that I didn't say, and then you think you defeated me by defeating the argument I didn't make. Why? What about being human entitles you to being honored? I only honor actions that a person makes. If you act as a good person should act, I will respect you. If you act as an evil person acts, I will disrespect you. If I don't know you, I have no reason to respect or disrespect you. Look up what the slippery slope fallacy is. The fact that you're using it means I don't even have to bother debating this point because it's illogical. Why is respect and politeness mutually inclusive? You can have on without the other. Respect, to me, means to honor or praise a quality in something or someone. I have no respect for the idea that gays should be arrested. There is nothing in that opinion that I think needs to be honored. Can I be polite to somebody I don't respect? All the time. Agreed. What an excuse. You admit to not taking my post for what it is and "read between the lines" adds up to putting words in my mouth. That is a quality I don't respect btw. I'll respond to the rest when I get home from work.