What does it take to get a theist to listen and not think I'm being disrespectful?
Once had a long series of debates with a "Kill the gays because god hates homosexuals because they are un-natural" Catholic. This lasted dozens of hours over many weeks (YMCA men's health center) Usually he would bombard me with a laundry list of nonsense that I happily destroyed. Near the end of our debating I completely changed my tactics and decided to kill him with kindness. I (brown nose) recognized every one of his points that could be stretched to pay him a complement. After that encounter he promised to consider all I had been telling him. The next day I did not talk to him. I found him in the corner of the stairway into the health center. He was clearly disturbed and had assumed the fetal position. - - looked like a scene from a movie featuring an insane asylum. After that he quit coming to the Y for more then a decade.