I lose respect for a person's intellect if they profess religio
When someone tells me they are religious my respect for their intelligence drops to near zero. It's not so bad when it's a deistic belief (that a higher power created the ingredients for the universe and let things unfold on their own) but when they start telling me that god wants this or that the Qur'an says that I can't help but feel like I'm talking to someone mentally ill.
I've never tried to argue with anyone about their beliefs and I try not to act disrespectfully. I don't wear "Fiction" shirts or call myself a "Bright" or any of that nonsense. I do think people should be allowed to figure out their own beliefs it just baffles me when they land on a conclusion that is based on a major religion.
I can sort of understand it if you grew up in some poor country and didn't have much education but for someone growing up in a first world country, among so many different and conflicting religions and learning everything that science has to offer to arrive at such conclusions can only indicate stupidity.
I've also heard people talk about a "religion that works for you", "taking what you need from religion", "choosing to believe X but not Y from the scripture" and that "the scripture should be interpreted metaphorically, not literally" but that makes no sense either. If you start picking and choosing what to believe then what's the point of the scripture? It is then no longer god's word but your own word. And if I choose to believe something different then it's my word. And all 7 billion people on this planet can each have their own different interpretations, nobody actually subscribing to the "word of god". Why not just toss the whole thing, stop acting like you know what god wants and use your own reason?