I am a firm believer that every body is entitled to have their own beliefs. And with that being said, everybody should respect everybodies beliefs, EVEN if they don't agree.
Another thing I should mention, I think that regardless of what you believe in, I feel that everyone of us should have dignity and respect to eachother, to have peace on earth. Ofcourse being Religious, this "can" be hard. Eg. The Holy Bible doesn't agree with homosexuality. And this belief can make many Christians not accepting to the gay community. Which in my opinion can cause a lot of controversy and makes many Christains prejudice against gays. And to me this is not peace on earth.
I have a story that really upsets me. My boyfriend's sister is a Christian, and believes truly in God. Me being an atheist, it was hard for me talk about my beliefs (because it seems wrong to society). So from there, I always hid my beliefs and I would go along with the Religious comments everyone made. Then one day, my beliefs slipped out infront of my boyfriend's sister. We were watching a movie dealing with ghosts, and I slipped out the words "I don't believe in ghosts". From there she was like "because you believe in science".
And I FINALLY allowed my beliefs to be released after she made that comment. I then said "Yes, I do believe in science". From there, she got really offended, and said many things that upset me. She said "I can never have you in my life or around me any more". She put me down by saying "YOU believe in man kind". And she NEVER once allowed me to make one comment, she talked over me and over me and over me. She even made comments saying "I'm ignorant". She basically tried making me feel be-little about myself because I didn't believe in God.
She now ignores me when ever she comes over to visit her brother (my boyfriend), she NEVER talks to me, she doesn't even acknowledge that I'm there. But I NEVER once put her down, or tried to be-little her because of her beliefs.
Moral of my story. Why is it ok to be born into a world and have religion shoved down our throats? But it's not ok to talk about being an atheist? My story is just another story of many other stories where Religion is prejudice. And interupts peace on earth. It's just another example of another Christian putting somebody down because of thier beliefs JUST because we don't believe what they believe in. Me and her no longer have a friendship relationship because of "Religion".....Very sad.