Is it acceptable to vote down for someone else beliefs?

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  1. Taleb80 profile image81
    Taleb80posted 11 years ago

    When I come to answer questions asking about believing in GOD or believing in the other life,etc.
    I see that whenever someone answer is "YES" many vote down start (more than this even before I open the link, I know the believers have gotten many votes down).
    Is it a kind of understate the believers?!!
    It is supposed that civilized people should respect others' beliefs, otherwise nobody forth you to ask this kind of questions.
    If someone is unbeliever we still respect him as human being, someone who share us the life.

    Anyway, I believe that there is another life after die even if I get a million time vote down.
    Everyone is responsible for his beliefs.

    1. Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image61
      Jo_Goldsmith11posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      You are so correct. Unfortunatly, humans are well,,,human. I think when I get a vote down on something, that I will pray extra hard for those down votes. The ones that voted down will hopefully change their minds and hopefully thier hearts. I don't think someone should vote down for what another person believes. I wouldn't want everyone to agree with me all the time. I think it would be rather mundane. Take care..good topic!

      1. Taleb80 profile image81
        Taleb80posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you for these wise words.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image90
      Marisa Wrightposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I agree that's disrespectful, but there's an easy solution.  Ignore the Questions section, for two reasons.

      The first reason is that the Question section of HubPages is just a sideshow. It doesn't earn you any income.  It was created as a source of inspiration for Hubbers - it's not for general questions, it's for questions you'd like to see other Hubbers write a Hub about.  Unfortunately it's not well explained, so people think it's a place to have a discussion - which is what the forums are for.

      The second reason is that HubPages is not a place to witness or preach.  If you are posting "questions" in an attempt to persuade or convert others to your beliefs, many people will find that offensive, and vote you down - not because of what you believe, but because you are trying to influence others in an inappropriate place.

      1. Taleb80 profile image81
        Taleb80posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        For the first reason: I agree with you.
        For the second: Actually, I answer the questions, not passing them.

        Anyway, thank you for your feedback which I appreciate.

    3. peterxdunn profile image59
      peterxdunnposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      If you do not want anyone to contradict your assertions for your belief then don't ask questions relating to those beliefs.

      When you make such assertions in a question or here on the forums then expect to get answers that you are not going to like. The simple truth of the matter is this: atheists think for themselves. They don't blindly accept or believe statements made by anyone - on any subject.

      1. Taleb80 profile image81
        Taleb80posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Actually, I answer the questions, not passing them.

    4. Jeff Berndt profile image75
      Jeff Berndtposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I've noticed both down-votes on believers and down votes on non-believers. I think it's stupid to vote down something that you merely disagree with.

      I only vote down answers that are badly written, poorly argued, cite fake facts, give bad advice, or whatever. I only vote down hubs that I also flag for poor quality, spun articles, etc.

      But since we can vote stuff down for any or no reason, it's to be expected that many people will vote hubs and answers down for no good reason.

      1. Taleb80 profile image81
        Taleb80posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        When I find how much you are a rational person & when I checked your profile & your hubs titles, I find it is my chance to follow you especially that English is my second language & you have many interesting Hubs about learning it.
        I feel that I will learn many things from you.

    5. Randy Godwin profile image60
      Randy Godwinposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      It depends on the content of the hub.  If it is full of misleading statements, or those without any actual basis in truth, I feel the reader has certain right to make a statement concerning the content and vote it down if they so choose.

      Unfortunately, many believers continue to post duplicate content in the form of scripture which is easily found without having to visit your hub. 

      Rating a religious hub should be treated no different than one on any other subject and should be given no more preference merely because the writer wished it to be so.  smile

    6. A Troubled Man profile image58
      A Troubled Manposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Aww, that's so sweet. Nice of you to respect unbelievers as human beings, at the very least, very civilized of you.

  2. profile image0
    Emile Rposted 11 years ago

    People shouldn't vote down because of a disagreement. That's childish. I would certainly hope if someone votes down they would give the courtesy of a reasoned justification for the vote in their reply.

    1. Taleb80 profile image81
      Taleb80posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you, but still I can not find a reasoned justification for the down votes related to beliefs issue.
      Do you think that someone will give this justification? We are waiting.

      1. profile image0
        Emile Rposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        No. Beliefs are personal. We should respect each other. A well reasoned response wouldn't include a diatribe against your beliefs. I'm posting in the dark here. I have no idea what incident you are referring to.

        1. Taleb80 profile image81
          Taleb80posted 11 years agoin reply to this

          I highly respect people like you.
          Thanks for clearing the point.

      2. peterxdunn profile image59
        peterxdunnposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Voting down the spreading of ignorance and denial of truth: ie religion, is an obligation for us atheists.

        We can see were such beliefs are taking us: all out war between the Christian West and Muslim East. It is ignorance - blind acceptance of a reality that doesn't actually exist - in the form of religion that will make this war possible.

        Millions of people are going to die in this war. Millions of babies are going to burn. For what? Oil! Money! And the almighty dollar!

        Your faith is dragging us all down. You are a millstone around humanity's neck.

        Wake up. Or, at least, don't complain when you get voted down.

        1. Taleb80 profile image81
          Taleb80posted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Although, I don't agree with you, I highly respect your point of view.
          For example: When I was in university I did not come to know some of my classmates' religion till the last year & for some I don't know.   
          I treat them as human without thinking about the religion.
          Why we put in our mind the different religion should fight?

  3. earnestshub profile image84
    earnestshubposted 11 years ago

    I think it is immoral and petty. I would never do it.

  4. Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image61
    Jo_Goldsmith11posted 11 years ago

    Somethings can't be justified. When a person hurts a stranger there is no justification. The reason is the person has something serious wrong with them to hurt some one else. I think when people vote down, they are acting out in fear that is inside their hearts. Fear, anger, hate, misdirections are all from those who know not what they do. All we can do is see that they need something that will help them feel better about themself and their fellow man. I hope this is what you are looking for?

    1. Taleb80 profile image81
      Taleb80posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Do you mean it is like when a smoker tells you that the smoking is not bad for his health.
      Maybe for some.

  5. SpanStar profile image61
    SpanStarposted 11 years ago

    People will be people where ever they are at.  On the job I've seen lots of favoritism.  When people come together of like minds I've listened to the favoritism.

    Not everyone seems to be able to demonstration true maturity no matter where they're at.


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