October 14, 2013

Do Not Deny Others the Opportunity to Learn From Their Mistakes

A temple
A temple (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"If you don't agree with someone's religion," they say, "you should still respect it and just keep your thoughts to yourself." That doesn't seem terribly fair to me.

If someone says something stupid - I mean really stupid - and you don't deliver a gentle mocking or at least express disagreement with what the person said, you are depriving the individual of the opportunity to learn from his or her mistake. Why would you withhold such an opportunity just because the statement appears to be based on religion? Do you despise religious people so much that you would deny them the chance to learn from their mistakes? I certainly don't.

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