Hitler apparently didn't think so.
Like he was one to talk.
My personal take on the subject is simply that if an idea has sound logic and utility behind it as well as the backing of sensible and rational people who see the logic, utility, and advantages of the idea and the will to bring it to fruition, then the idea should go forward and be respected.
If none of this applies, the people will know.
Beliefs? Well, they're another story altogether. Some very logical people can hold fast and tenaciously to some absurd beliefs.
Take Peter Singer for instance; here's an ethicist and by all accounts a very educated man who believes that primates should be afforded the same legal status as humans.
And this guy is a "respected member" of academia?
He's absurd, hands down. I do not want people like Singer having anything to do with the forming of governmental policy (although he seems to have found an audience with that wretched "New World Order" organization known as "the united Nations") or laws of this land.
People like this deserve no legitimate respect whatsoever. And atheists complain that Christians try to "force their sense of morals on the rest of us through the government"?
Please. How many nutbags like Singer should have any democratic say in what our taxpayer funded government legislates?
Conversely, I don't want the ideas of idiots like that in-bred bunch known as the "Westboro Baptists" and their "ideas" having any validation or respect , either.
0 is my answer.