Should we respect other people's beliefs? I'm not asking whether people should have the right to believe what they will, but if a person's beliefs are superstitious, ignorant, hateful, or factually wrong do those beliefs deserve our respect?
Everyone has a right to believe what they want, but those beliefs don't warrant special status. If they can't survive criticism they should be discarded. Respect people, but beliefs aren't people. There are people who believe women are inferior to men, pedophilia is okay, or that vaccines cause autism.
Basically beliefs are bullshit unless they can be backed up with evidence. They warrant no more respect than an unproven scientific hypothesis.
Depends. If said beliefs are factually wrong, but not causing any harm to the person or others, I don't know that I would necessarily respect it but I would accept that they have the right to believe what they want.
However, if said beliefs are factually wrong, and being used to cause harm to the person or others, then I cannot respect that, nor just ignore it.
I voted "No" because I was raised a Hindu and I questioned a lot of these superstitious and ignorant beliefs. They don't have answers because they don't give you answers. They just get angry. Why should I respect it just because I was born into it? This talk of respecting it for the sake of peace and live and let live, means we add to ignorance and lies and encourage it to spread, if we don't question even if they get angry. If they believe and have no reasonable answers, don't expect me to follow and respect. ...and don't call me disrespectful because I was bold enough to ask the questions to try and understand.
I don't respect belief in a flat earth. I don't respect a belief in "racial" anything. I don't respect a belief that the planet and universe came into existence 6,000 years ago by the word of an invisible alpha male. I don't respect a belief in chopping the heads off people who disagree with one's beliefs.
I can respect a belief in treating others decently, no matter from where it was derived.
So, do you have a category for "It depends"?
The principle is respect for the right of belief, not by necessity the belief itself, proving it doesn't involve hate or bigotry or speech deemed outside acceptable norms. "You must respect my religion" is one of most confused and erroneous claims religionists make. Never fall for it.
I used to believe in "live and let live", but that just doesn't work anymore. That type of thinking has failed us all.
I can't respect the beliefs of others when they actively seek to influence and control how everyone lives.
I won't respect anyone's bullshit beliefs anymore.
They take any attempt to refuse their influence as discrimination.
Fuck them, and their bullshit.
I think that I will quote one my favourite philosophers with regard to the above question. "History is replete with men and women who have gone to their deaths for their beliefs. There is nothing new in this and it will continue into the foreseeable future. Personally, I would never die for my beliefs because after all I could be wrong." Bertrand Russell
Seems like we liberals get accused of that a lot, but sorry I do not respect your belief that I as a woman should not be able to make my own medical & family planning decisions, know whether or not I have been sexually assaulted. Human rights trump your beliefs.
Not respect, no. I'm not going to respect racists, homophobes and narcissists, etc.
I'll leave them in peace unless they are crossing the threshold to act on their beliefs and hurt someone, but respect is something people earn by virtues; not something anyone can demand.
PS. When it comes to peaceful beliefs, I also find it difficult to respect people who profess their faith with no knowledge of what that entails.
A Christian asserted to me that god was against slavery. I pointed out the relevant passages of the bible and the believing "Christian" told me he had never read the holy book he believes in with all his heart.
Who can respect that?
I respect a person’s beliefs, UNLESS their beliefs involve taking rights away from or harming others that don’t believe the same as they do. That type of belief system deserves no respect and, imo, it is the duty of decent people to challenge those beliefs and make it clear that we do not accept them.
A person may believe what ever they wish, however their belief does not make respect a prerequisite.
The Church of Scientology can believe whatever they like, no matter how stupid, but what they believe deserves no respect, because it is a lie and is dangerous when it denies people the medical help they may need in favor of pseudoscientific bullshit.
The confusion comes from a religious person asking someone to
a) respect their right to believe bullshit which is legitimate
B) have their bullshit respected which is not
NO for me,if people/person belief is like what you mentioned(superstitious,ignorant,
Hateful) the word respect are barely to them...respect is not like a candy that you can buy or ask for,it is a matter of attitude and a reflection of what kind of a person we are.