Do ideas and beliefs deserve respect?

Where did the idea that all beliefs and ideas should blindly be given protection from criticism come from? People have to earn respect, though everyone deserves basic courtesy. Why should ideas and beliefs be given a free pass? Do we really want to encourage intellectual laziness and discourage reason? If... show more Where did the idea that all beliefs and ideas should blindly be given protection from criticism come from?

People have to earn respect, though everyone deserves basic courtesy. Why should ideas and beliefs be given a free pass? Do we really want to encourage intellectual laziness and discourage reason?

If people want their beliefs to be free of criticism, they are free to keep them to themselves.
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