Just because a belief is 'cherished' doesn't mean it shouldn't be challenged. If someone has a 'cherished' belief that anyone not of their faith should be executed should we support that? Nope. My poinr is that just because a belief is 'cherished' or enshrined in belief doesn't mean it shouldn't be challenged. The comparison to sexism and racism was to show you that there are 'cherished' beliefs that are wrong and should be challenged.
I was going to get more combative in my reply but I saw this psot so I figure it's best to answer here.
The thing is with people with religious beliefs against homosexuality is that, oddly, they want to impose that on everyone. Religious people (certainly those in leadership roles anyway) doesn't want gay people t have the right to handle their affairs as they see fit. They want gay people to have less rights than straight people and not just memeber of their congregations, but every gay person in society. Case in point, whenever gay people fight for marriage/civil unions what happens? Religious people come out against it to stop them gaining the same legal rights.
Now the big problem on this issue is the hypocrisy with religions. Take christianity. It says that pre-marital sex is wrong (as an example) yet do you see christians (even those that share that view) trying to prevent others from having sex before marriage by making it illegal? No.
Those christians have a nasty habit of comparing homosexuality to pedophia and bestiality but you can't challenge them because they'll scuttle behind their religion and their 'cherished beliefs'. And let's not forget those christians that disown or abuse their children for being gay and then act like their doing the right thing.
Anyone would think that being against homosexuality was rule #1 for being christian with the way cherished beliefs gets thrown around. Last I checked, it's nowhere near top of the list yet you wouldnt think it.
Edited by shadowhive, 07 March 2013 - 11:43 AM.