I am an Anglo-Saxon Heathen. I attempt to (as authentically as possible) practice the native religion that was in existence for thousands of years in northern Europe before the Romans co-opted the foreign Middle Eastern Jewish religion and spread it over Europe.
Thats interesting. does that mean you do Yule, and Samwhein and so forth?
I like and enjoy many people that I don't particularly respect -- vegans fall into that category (no meat, eggs, dairy, or honey); I can like the person and be kind to the person, but have zero respect for him or her because veganism CERTAINLY is the path to death and extinction; only either the feeble-minded or vainly deluded embrace it. Vegans would DIE "in the wild" quickly and their children would die as well. It is the same with atheists and those who think there's value in paganism. Like the vegans, "in the wild" their societies would be short-lived. The only reason atheists/pagans, like vegans, are able to indulge in such beliefs is courtesy of those very same dietary norms/religions they reject and scorn.
Those who argue by pointing out the more sordid aspects of Judeo-Christian history again miss the point. HUMAN failing is what caused the problem in those Judeo-Christian instances. Other forms fail because they are fundamentally flawed and would fail even if men followed the tenets perfectly -- which can never happen because we cannot be perfect, as the bible makes clear.
The bible is wise and proven; smart people heed it. Stupid people deny and reject it, and cause strife for themselves and the world.