Hi, I saw you're from (or living in) Livonia, Michigan on the Michigan Atheist group board. Being also from Livonia, I was wondering how the local scene is. I'm down in Arkansas right now, but I'll be coming home soon enough (Too many crazy fundamentalists down here for me). Anyway, get in touch if you wanna chat.
Thank you for the welcome! I agree completely, ideas don't automatically deserve a level of respect because someone has one, I was more trying to ward off people who ascribe to the "belittle and demonize" approach of dealing with believers. I can understand where the urge comes from, and I've certainly had it, but as you said, I think subtle is the key to encouraging people to think for themselves.