Religion is like a penis. It is fine to have one, and to be proud of it, but if you whip it out and start waving it around in my face then you and I are going to have a huge problem. I love that quote.
It’s pretty much how I feel too. I’m fascinated by all religions and love to learn as much as I can about them. I strongly believe that you are not fully able to debate and criticise if you have no idea what you are talking about. I really wish that people would afford my spirituality the same courtesy.
It’s fine to say “I don’t agree with that” or “I don’t believe what you believe”. But to get right up in somebody’s face, prostelytise and try to change their mind by telling them they’re going to die and burn in hell unless they believe what you believe? That really does suck donkey balls.
People need to realise that whether christian, Jewish, pagan, Hindu or whatever they believe, that having respect for other people’s beliefs is central to peace. Whether it’s peace between people or peace between nations, having tolerance for each others beliefs would go a long way to establishing that peace.