Does coddling someome with stupid and dangerous beliefs equate to compassion? Not in my world. That would be making myself an accomplice. I agree. Now you're talking about being quiet and not challenging anyone's beliefs. That's got nothing to do with respect. I mean, using that definition, you aren't treating me with respect, because you're telling me my bekiefs are wrong. Obviously, this isn't a world even you want to live in, so why harp on about It? And if people don't want to have their beliefs questioned, don't bring them up. Why would I want to do that? Why should I let stupid and dangerous ideas go unchecked? Why shouldn't I disagree with someone else's worldview if I thi k it's flawed or inferior? You keep saying we shouldn't do this, but why not? Because it might offend you? Since when do you have the right to not be offended? You're contradicting yourself. Earlier, you said we should tell peolle what's wrong with their beliefs. Now yiu say we should. Which is it? And why should I listen to you anyway? I mean, I agree that there should be a dialogue, but I don't think that dialogue necessarily needs to be civil or overly concerned with the feelings of the other party. If Westboro Baptist protests a funeral, I don't personally care if my jeers hurt their feelings. Why should I? Not necessarily. Many people are converted--in botb directions, and within subsets of each--through argument. And just because some people are thickheaded isn't a good reason to shut up. Theze arent mutually-exclusive ideas. I can debate fanatics while remaining flexible and introspective. Beliefs aren't necessarily binary.