More people appear to be waking up to or speaking out against the fallacies of religion. You have no doubt read or even participated in futile debates with a religious ass. There is no reason to ever expect a religious individual to be anything other than an ass. Here is why.
Every argument based on faith can be reduced to one of two types of believers:
1. A person accepts that their beliefs are not based in known facts and chooses to believe in spite of this. They accept known facts and may even change their faith in light of these facts, but they still maintain their remaining beliefs.
For example, this person may say “The Earth is much older than the bible claims, but I still believe everything else in the bible that has yet to be disproved. Except, of course, that god is infallible, because I just admitted that he was wrong when he claimed the Earth is 6000 years old in order to maintain my faith in him.” This is the “faith” perspective. It is evidence that blind faith is a lie because it can be struck down by hard facts.
2. A person claims to have faith, then proceeds to make false claims in support of their predetermined conclusion.
For example, this person may say “The Earth is 6000 years old. I don’t believe in physics, even though it exists independently of my beliefs.” This person is not only wrong, but they are also lying about their claims of having faith because someone who adheres to faith does not require or rely on facts to support their conclusion.
In other words, faith is a decision to exclude oneself from debate. The only argument people of faith have is to say “I made a decision to reject all statements contrary to my assumptions.” Thus, a debate ends the moment a participant chooses faith.
The opinions held by people of faith are often irrelevant to the world which exists beyond their faith. Perhaps the only benefit to be had from considering the views of the religious person in earnest is to further understand the extreme fallacies upon which religious adherents choose as a basis for justifying their day to day decisions or actions, political positions, and prejudices toward others.
In the context of the common society and the known universe, it is my opinion that the positions of the religiously motivated do not deserve serious consideration unless that person exhibits the ability to maintain their position within the context of incredulous commonality.