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    Fishtroller01

    The title is oddly phrased in my mind because it seems to me that "we" are always allowed to criticize faith in the same way that "we" are always allowed to criticize any thought or opinion at all.  

    Faith is a belief.  I have always felt that one of the oddest things about religious debates is the sense held by many on the religious side of the debate that,  somehow,  their beliefs are meant to be immune from criticism.  That it is somehow offensive to even question the foundation of their belief in whatever.  That is,  truly,  truly bizarre to me.

    I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things.  I have spent a lot of time in my life arguing and defending the things I believe and often,  those debates have been quite heated.  But it has to my knowledge never,  ever crossed my mind that any context can or should exist that exempts me from having to defend anything that I believe if I somehow believe them strongly enough.

    I don't see any value in the notion that people's beliefs are ever sacred or somehow sacrosanct.  

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