My position as site administrator should influence by 'beliefs'? Really?
Don't assume I have not read those books.. I have in fact read one of them.. I have also read the Koran and the bible. The Koran very recently. I find it only right that before I argue against something I should have at least a rudimentary knowledge of it.
My opinion is that the argument that it's is valid to hold a belief in something because you can't disprove it utterly incomprehensible. believe in something because their is evidence FOR it - that I find a rational argument. I have no time for the former ONLY because it is a force that actively affects my day to day life in the fact it limits my choices and gives unfair access to aspects of our society to those that do believe in it.
If that were not the situation I would be happy to discuss the topic as an interesting thought experiment and an excercise in philosophy. Unfortunately religious belief is not that benign is it?
Don't assume my slightly hostile arguing is in anyway an indication of intolerance towards anyones' personal beliefs. My attacks are precisely because religious beliefs have an intrinsic policy of conversion of the unbeliever. If they were to lose that aspect entirely I'd be the politest person to debate this topic with.