Marine, I haven't chimed in on a lot of the threads that you have, but I have been following them. You are not ignorant. You are sane and intelligent -- and you have a very good sense of humor, I might add.
You enjoy starting discussions and bantering with people with opposing views. But since fanatics only see black and white with no shades of gray, pink or green allowed, they don't know what to do with what you say. And when fanatics don't know what to do, they revert to the only thing they know. Bashing and insulting. They are absotively incapable of having a lively discussion with someone with opposing views. Because, of course, anyone who has opposing views is trying to destroy their world and is destined for hell.
Anyhoo, keep up the discussions. I'll still follow them.