I don't know whether this belongs in general or relationships or what. I just have to post this because this is bugging the hell out of me. Whey do people think that there is some sort of belief sanctum? You know, the usual, religion, etc. Why are these beliefs above challenge/reproach. "Respect someone else's belief" is oft-repeated. Why should I? What's the difference between beliefs that I should respect and those that I shouldn't? Do you respect racists' beliefs? Now I know someone's going to approach me with some relativistic argument like oh, well, we can't question certain beliefs because everyone has different beliefs so there's no right and wrong. BS. It doesn't follow from the fact that people disagree that there's no objective right and wrong. There was a huge controversy over whether the earth was round or flat, with some on the flat earth side evoking religious belief (the Bible's quote, the "four corners of the earth") as a defense. Turns out, there was an objective answer, the earth is round. I'm not saying that every question has an objective answer, but it cannot be argued that simply because people disagree that there is no objective answer. I've mentioned religion, but there are some other areas (that fail my memory at the moment), in which people pull a relativistic argument for, and frankly, I'm sick of it. I'm tired of people using, well, "that's my opinion" as a defense. It's lame. You can probably tell that something happened to provoke this and I haven't thought this out much but had to spill. Thanks for listening. I can take criticism on this issue. <<<rant over>>> ps. I'm sure Shimma will have something interesting to say about this; don't hold out on me.