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Feb 27

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Who are we to judge another’s beliefs?

A friend asks: Who are we to judge another’s beliefs?

I answered: There is no way to “respect” the beliefs of others and still have freedom of speech. We are not obligated to surrender our ability to tell right from wrong, good ideas from bad ideas, just because somebody labels an assertion his/her belief. Some would say it is our obligation to judge, question, argue with and try to change another’s beliefs if they are, like so many beliefs, positively harmful.

But hey. Don’t get vaccinated. Keep eating junk food. Don’t wash your hands. Stay up all night and believe you will be alert the next day. And if you believe you don’t have to look both ways before crossing the street, who am I to tell you the tractor-trailer is barreling down the lane in your direction?

To hear an audio version of this Rant, click on this link: Who Are We To Judge

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Ronald Bruce Meyer

Freethought Almanac was created by Ronald Bruce Meyer, in collaboration with freethoughtradio.com, in March 2003. What started with a brief notice on the birthday of Albert Einstein, grew into almost 250,000 words on not only biography but history, philosophy, theology and politics — one day at a time. Freethought Almanac looks at these daily subjects from a godless point of view, that is, a point of view that is based not on fantasies, delusions or wishful thinking, but a view that is evidence-based.

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