We all have a right to believe. However nobody is obligated to respect the beliefs themselves. Your belief does not bestow upon you any special rights. Nor does your right to believe carry a right to automatic respect of that belief.
Respect; a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way, free from ridicule and criticism.
Deserve; to merit, be qualified for, or have a claim to (reward, assistance, punishment, etc.) because of actions, qualities, or situation.
First round is open to argument.
I want to make sure I understand, its people who act arrogant about their beliefs, and act as if their point of view is the only one that is worthy of respect? So I'm going to go on to say that NO ONE should put their opinions or beliefs out there like that. its not a good way to convince someone that you might be right If that's what your trying to do. if not what's the point in bringing it up at all. People just need to learn to talk about a difference of opinion without personally attacking. I do feel like I can respect someone regardless of a difference of believe or different conclusion as long as they aren't being a child about it:)
I apologize if we are on the same page because that isn't a debate lol. give me some more detail about the subject though if you would. it may still be one yet:)
We need to realise that if groups have to demand that you respect their beliefs, rather than letting their beliefs speak for themselves, this is automatically a mark against them. If their beliefs and claims were true and just, they wouldn't need to demand that we respect or tolerate them, we would adopt them as our own. Far better that one adopts the beliefs of science which doesn't demand respect or tolerance. On the contrary, it demands critical inquiry, debate and rejection of theories if the evidence doesn't support them. Religion should demand no less. One of the greatest failing of religion is that it makes religious faith a positive attribute. Religion is the one area of our discourse where it is considered noble to pretend to be certian about things no human being could possibly be certian about, and then demand respect for that certianty. Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don't have all the answers to think that they do. People need to realize that the solace and comfort that religion brings comes at a terrible price. Religion has power to divert man to destructive courses, and the world could actually come to an end. Religion and Faith are in a symbiotic relationship, without faith religion would die and religion must die for mankind to survive.