What junebug probably expected is that the people here would be okay with her having her belief, thus why she wanted to share it.
I've got no problem at all with people having funky little beliefs. I only start to have problems when one of two things happen:
1) They start asserting their beliefs as fact, without any tangible evidence.
2) Or they start suggesting that things/me/the world/delete as appropriate on the basis of their beliefs.
(2) also requires evidence - if someone can prove their position, then I'll listen and change the way I act based on that evidence.
A classic example was the MMR "scandal" in the UK. The newspapers blew up a huge story about the dangers, based essentially on a belief
that a doctor could show there was a problem. Unlike (apparently!) most people, I actually went to read the orignial studies that all the hoo-ha stemmed from, and discovered that:
1) The original research looked at just 12 subjects.
2) Those subjects were chosen from children that had had the triple vaccine, and had developed problems - no control group, no double-blind, no statistical analysis.
3) The doctor concerned was, prior to his work, heavily involved in a company pushing three single
So NO evidence, just beliefs based on "I feel
it must be true", and anecdotal evidence from people who thought that "my child had the vaccine and a week later I saw problems" meant that they could discount everything else that had happened in that week (or, indeed, in the months before) and link effect to a particular event without any evidence.
If those people believed that "A caused B", and that was that, then fine. But they forced the issue, stated it as fact, demanded change.....and influenced tens of thousands of parents NOT to have the triple vaccine. And we are now starting to see an increase in illness and deaths as a result of the dramatically reduced take-up of the vaccine.
I'll make that point clear: unevidenced and incorrect beliefs are directly harming people
Take a look at What's The Harm
, which documents hundreds of thousands of deaths and injuries that are attributable to unevidenced "beliefs".
So yeah. When someone pops up and says "I think this, and its a fact, and I can't prove it, but its TRUE, and so we should all do things differently" I ask questions. And yes, I ask them hard, because false beliefs cause harm