I had a conversation tonight in which it occurs to me that the other party involved was making the mistake of confusing respect and tolerance. I had made it clear that religous beliefs were not something I had much respect for – in part because of religion’s intolerance. I was then accused of being intolerant because of that opinion.
The difference is that I am not trying to force my beliefs on anyone, I’m just arguing that I should be extended the same courtesy. But when lawmakers ban gay marriage because their book says it is wrong – that is a blatant violation of the separation of church and state. When I say that they are ridiculous for believing that gay marriage is wrong, I am not saying that they don’t have the right to choose not to marry someone of the same gender.
I wonder how many decisions are made by how many people have an impact on my life that I’m not even aware of. Seemingly infinite. I wonder how many of those decisions are made because of the input of the person’s invisible friend . . .