You can respect someone and still think their beliefs are complete bollocks.
Actually no, respect has long ended when you begin to believe that someone else's beliefs are "bollocks
," simply because they don't coincide with your own personal/group beliefs.
A while back, I was a bridesmaid for a friend of mine, part of the ceremony included the couple conduct seven circles of the Fire deity, who was a witness to their wedding vows
Even though I am Christian, I do not consider the deity Agni to be "bollocks
." Agni simply isn't within my Christian spiritual beliefs. I would never dream of disrespecting her beliefs with derogatory terms, solely because they don't corresponded with mine.
Picard was not exhibiting "respect." Expecting all others to embrace your particular positions and your beliefs, borders on the ridiculous. Doesn't matter if it's religion, politics or who'll win the next super bowl.
Longinus, your belief that there is no God, no gods, no spirituality of any kind is your belief, that's fine. Going beyond that personal/group belief, and labeling others negatively who don't share it is arrogant.
How is 'ignorance' not an accurate description for believing things that just are not true?
No, the things that you
hold to be "not true." Not quite the same as actually being "not true." Longinus, you wouldn't have you current long list of various personal beliefs if you didn't think that they were "true." That doesn't automatically make others with a different long list ignorant.
Should Picard respect the Mintakans' blatantly mistaken belief that he is a god?
And by "the Mintakans" you mean a single individual within their society?
At the end of Who Watches The Watchers, Picard told a small group Mintakans who he was and what was going on. He was vague in places and lacking in detail, but he was also honest with them.
His end statement of "you must progress in your own way" showed the understanding and respect that was absent earlier.
The ACLU is not pursuing, nor has it ever pursued, the removal of religious symbols from personal gravestones. Personal gravestones are the choice of the family members, not the choice of the government.
But there the ACLU has taken it upon themselves to determine where the religious symbols can be (personal gravestones) and where they can't (i.e. national memorials). The ACLU feels perfectly free to employ the court system to force their views upon others who don't share it.
Can you really see one of the many Christian churches attempted the same thing?