I think you're putting words in my mouth, Serenade. I never once said that you were inferior for holding beliefs that I do not share, I only stated that if you say that you believe something, it is a fair, reasonable (and expected) question to be asked "why do you believe that?" I do not require evidence for my lack of belief, and your terminology makes me feel like you're trying to shift the burden of proof. And I'm sorry, Serenade, but if you're making the claim, it's up to you to provide evidence if you want others to believe as well. I'm not saying you want us to believe; I'm saying if. HOWEVER, if you post on a religious-themed thread "this is what I believe," do not get offended when people presume to ask why you believe something. If you don't want to be asked why you believe something, don't post on a topic such as this. I'm not asking you to provide proof for my lack of faith. We were asking - well, we didn't, but we would have - why you believe as you do. If you state an opinion, be prepared to justify it, or don't state it. You can't have it both ways; you can't say "this is my opinion and if you ask why I think this, HOW DARE YOU!" I NEVER said that you were inferior, and if people asking you why you believe something makes you inferior, that's YOUR problem and not theirs. If I state an opinion, I quite rightly expect people to ask me to justify it. Asking why you believe something is NOT the same as saying you're wrong....and if you feel like that, don't post your opinion. Simple as that. Point to the part of this thread that you think I was being disrespectful. Go on (excluding this post, because I'm irritated and that can sometimes come across as disrespectful; I want it on record that I don't mean to be disrespectful, I'm just typing off the top of my head so my phrasing may be off), quote the bits where I was being disrespectful or condescending. I have only ever asked why people believe what they do...if asking questions is disrespectful, then I'm disrespectful. However, if you state an opinion, any reasonable adult will not be offended if somebody asks why they believe something or challenges their position with a conflicting one. What right do I have to ask you why you believe? What right do YOU have to tell me that I can't ask questions?
As for your "But do not ever claim I have to provide Proof because you disbelieve," sorry, but if you make a claim, the burden of proof is on you to provide it. I never stated that just having an opinion means you have to prove it, only that if you want to convince me, you should have proof. Are you saying that asking for proof before believing a claim is unreasonable? Because I think it's extremely reasonable to ask for evidence before deciding that I agree with your position. *shrug*