On Religious Respect

Today I read, “It is important to be respectful of another’s religion even if they are not respectful of yours.”

I can’t get behind that.

Another’s right to practice the religion of their choosing, to believe anything they want? Yes. I am respectful of that right. Respectful of the religion itself when that religion is openly and unjustly antagonistic to mine and/or morally reprehensible? No.

Respect means nothing if it is not earned.



About M. Ashley

Essayist and poet, my work has been rejected by some of the finest journals in America. Fortunately, it also gets accepted from time to time and has appeared in equally fine journals such as Word Riot, Inlandia, Brew City Magazine, and SageWoman among others.. In 2002, I was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize for Vanderbilt University. For no good reason, I possess an unnecessarily dark humor which is why being third generation California Inland Empirian delights me so. My gods are weird. I once received $350 for writing a smartassed essay on “why the wise use of water is important in my daily life”. I am undoubtedly the Greek god Hermes’ special snowflake. I’m pretty sure I got into college via a series of fortuitous clerical errors. When I had to grow up and get a real job, I decided against it and stayed a writer. I have worked many odd—and I mean odd—jobs to support my habit: Commercial writer for country music hopefuls, resume massager, WalMart fitting room attendant and switchboard operator, telephone psychic.
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3 Responses to On Religious Respect

  1. Respect equals STFU and don’t criticize.


  2. Is this about the people saying to not criticize Wicca or something else?


  3. I don’t remember if I said it already, but in case I did not: I love your writing!


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