The gang over at the Two Percent Company have a great entry up titled Believe What You Want To Believe that touches on something that’s been brought up in the comments at SEB many times before, but bears repeating. It answers a common question from their readers on if the authors don’t think that people are free to believe whatever they want to believe:
It is important to understand that we fully support your right to believe whatever you want to believe, regardless of the supporting facts, or lack thereof. We firmly support your right to your own personal beliefs, and we would gladly argue for you to maintain that right. That said, it is equally important to understand that we maintain the right to not believe what you believe, and to think that what you believe is silly. Just because you believe something passionately, don’t expect us to respect that belief. We will respect your right to hold that belief, but not necessarily the belief itself.
The main issue here is that we should all have the right to believe whatever we want to believe, as long as that belief doesn’t infringe on the rights of others.
The rant goes on to provide examples of how some beliefs do infringe on the rights of others. It’s the sort of entry I wish I’d written. Still, the opening explanation quoted above is perfect for the fabled SEB FAQ I’m still trying to pull together.