I completely agree, mga! I am not a believer, yet I fully respect those who are devoted Christians, or devoted Muslims, or devoted Hindus, or devoted Satinists...I don't care how one worships his or her deity, as long as he or she doesn't attempt to shove their beliefs down my throat and make me their self-appointed project for religious conversion. It isn't going to happen, so there's no use to even try. I don't dislike
someone because he or she is a believer in any religion, nor do I LIKE
someone because they're not
a believer. The CHARACTER of the person is what I am much more interested in when it comes to cultivating a friendship.
One can have a good character without having a religion, and vice versa.
I LOVE to discuss the religions of the world...I'm always seeking to gain new knowledge about them, and to try to understand the mindsets of those who actually follow them. I will never understand nor condone the suppression of women and children, which so many religions advocate, nor can I ever understand people who are supposedly "religious" but who can kill, maim, and torture both people and animals and then be up in the amen corner in their church the next day.
Look at George Bush and his cronies as shining examples of this aspect of religion. I wouldn't want to have any part of anything to which George Bush professed to also be a part of when it comes to religion or anything else.