Let me ask you Riley, do you really want me to believe in god? (If you're smart you'll say "No.") Wow. Reducing the people. Scary thought.
As for me wanting you to believe in god. I think that is the problem , You may think that is all theist wants is for you to believe in God or Gods (and some do).
Most of the vocal theists are of the type who want everyone to submit to their
god. They don't understand that religion and god only appear to be shared ideas when really everyone has their own view of what god is – why the acronym SPAG came about here. Of course some of those gods get silly and you get SPAGHETTI (Self-Projection As God Helping Everyone To Titter Insanely).
I do not believe you are stupid because you don't believe in God and I don't believe some one that believes in a God that is strange to me is stupid. And if you don't believe in a God I don't believe you stupid.
That's good. Especially since the opposite might be true.
I do not recall which book I read the following in – it was one of the refutations of religion: the author indicated that there has been at least one study showing that theists score an average of 10 points lower on IQ tests than atheists. Given my experiences, I can readily believe that.
Any one that puts down another for the simply reason of not thinking the same , well , those are the ones to keep an eye on. Those are the people that scare me. And they should scare you also. Just saying. Ok, now you can rip this apart.
Okay if I snip it apart instead? Unfortunately people putting each other down for being different is common. It is potentially even hard-wired into us but decent people fight against such urges. When humans were tribal hunter-gatherers different could/would be dangerous so they learned to exclude the different for the good of the tribe. We are no longer primitives – for the most part – so we try to accept others with varying degrees of success.
That is one of the frustrating things about far too many theists: they seek to embrace the dangerous tribal ideals and encourage hatred of those who are different. So, I (we?) keep an eye on the theists - because some of them are scary.