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Religious folk need to stop downing non-religious folk and vice versa. Faith is not where character lies, what we ask, preach, and say is.
TED has proven to dictate that intellectualism does not mean non-fundamentalism in respect to thoughts, opinions, and ideals.
Faith holders: Understand that those who do not have faith in a God(s) are skeptical to evidence, and to any of these skeptics do not find any one source, a bible for example, to being a credible source therefore it is just one source and not many. Do not think the skeptics mean you harm by denying your beliefs, they are just trying to understand, most of the time.
Skeptics: Understand faith unless willing to be mixed with logic, reason, and hard evidence will remain abstract. Do not down in any manner someone's faith because then their eyes and mouths shut to you automatically and you will really not be able to argue and have a discussion with them (if that is your choice). You must mix your own faith values within your reasoning against religion in order to be respected when disagreeing with them. Remember this is all about faith, not just the cold hard facts. Even facts are updated, wrong, or irrelevant as can anything else be.
Stop thinking these two ideals are so separate. Science vs. Religion. Religion started due to not knowing and wanting to answer the biggest questions in human history, science started to answer the same questions. The difference lies within the practices and the traditions carried throughout history.
Where is the common ground, is where we must discuss and see eye to eye. This is the biggest evil of all time, that fact ideologies will prevent people from helping and even starting people to hate another based on thoughts not actions.
I am generalizing, but this topic is too big not to.
Atheism does not mean they are immoral people, it actual seems to be the opposite. While religious faith holding does not mean ignorance, however remember ignorance does lie with not seeking/accepting information.
My idea is simple, find tolerance and practice it, love is what every human wants so lets start there.