i ask this question with the utmost respect, sincerity and genuine curiosity. and i apologize in advance if anything i say sounds derogatory or berating, its really not intended to be so. i never understood how people can base their lives on an arguably fictitious book and irrational beliefs about supreme beings and so on. I guess the part that i just cannot seem to understand, as an example, is how people say "homosexuality is wrong because the bible says so," and act on these beliefs to the point of denying gays rights of marriage, etc. i really genuinely thought it was mostly limited to people too stupid to think for themselves who would rather just be led. i now realize that intelligence is irrelevant and an equally moronic assumption on my part; plenty of highly intelligent people live and die by the church/mosque/temple/wiccan hut(?)/whatever i figure you can believe in anything, ANYTHING you want so long as it hurts no one else. but religious beliefs hurt a LOT of people. why? really. am i missing something that could be just amazing? am i the one who is misguided here with my lack of beliefs?