I don't mind being picked apart. It's fun for some, right alzael?
Sometimes yes. Debate is the purpose of the site. A person who doesn't want to have what they say picked apart, analyzed, and criticized most definitely picked the wrong place to post. It's amusing to argue and take ideas apart, we just tend to have a particular focus on religion here. Mostly because it's something that is a constant threat.
It's just that the theists that can actually hold a debate tend to be few and far between. We have gotten some smart ones that can hold their own, and it's greatly appreciated when they show up. But most of them are outright idiots. Largely because they've never actually given their beliefs any real thought. Those ones usually rant on about the special feelings they got when the holy hand touched them in their "god place", and pile on fallacy after fallacy. Avoiding issues and repeating the same stupid claims over and over again after they've been debunked countless times. It's very dull, very boring, and very repetitive.
For those ones there's really nothing you can do with them except mock and play with them. Otherwise they end up driving you to the point where you want to kill them.
I actually used to put every effort into being as polite and as nice as possible to all of the theists that came on here. Then I came to realize two things:
1) The effort of refraining from saying the things that I really wanted to say was starting to take it's toll. Imagine if everyday, day after day, you had a grown person telling you that they still believe in Santa Claus. Your first and honest response is to just say "Are you an idiot?" but you clamp that down and just try to rationally and politely prove to him that Santa isn't real. Then after all the proof he looks at you and says "If Santa isn't real then how do the presents get under the christmas tree?" And once again you want to slap your forehead and say "You are one whopping big moron." But again you don't and try to politely explain how what he is saying is completely nuts to anyone with a fully-functioning brain. To which he then sticks his fingers in his ears and screams "La,La,La can't hear you. I love Santa, Santa is great!" Then you want to start yelling curse words, but you refrain again because you're trying to be nice and polite about it.
Now picture this happening again the next day. Then the next, and the next after, and the next after that, and a hundred days after that. Sometimes with different people, often with the same people, but it always happens. Sounds absolutely infuriating right? Welcome to our world. On this site we go through that daily.
So after a few months of that I decided that I couldn't keep up pretending that the theist who was talking to me, telling me that if he were in Nazi Germany and was hiding a family of Jews he would give them up to the SS if asked (because his god told him that lying us a sin), wasn't an absolute fucking moron and a terrible person. It was far too stressful to the point where just talking to a religious person gave me homicidal urges. It's much less stressful and aggravating to just be direct and honest when a person is being an idiot.
2)Pretending to be respectful, isn't really respectful.
You see when you, or any other theist, tries to go on some talk about how you can feel god and how you know god is there even though you can't prove it with actual evidence, etc. I could
smile and nod and say something like "well everyone has their own way of finding truth for themselves" or "you believe what you want to believe, that's fine". However that's not really being respectful, that's really just being condescending. That's the way I talk to my five year old little brother when he tries to tell me that gummi bears are made from real bears.
The people that come here, however, are grown adults. They deserve to be spoken to as such. When they say something that's wrong or stupid, they deserve to be told so directly. Not patted on the head and given a cookie as a platitude so that they don't have to hear some harsh words and can cling on to the same stupidity. They deserve to be told "You are wrong, and here's why." That's true respect.