In my couples years as a member of this forum, I've learned where a lot of member's stand on certain subjects, such as religion, astrology, and psychic abilities. And I've found that these people are never shy to share their opinions. While it's acceptable to share how you feel, some people border on insulting while doing so. So my question is.. Where is the line between stating your opinion and insulting those who believe in things you don't, and why do so many cross it, often intentionally? For example, when some people share their opinion on god, they might say: "God isn't real. He's a figment of your imagination." That, to me, is purely insulting. It's an attempt to stab at those who believe in god, letting them know how stupid this person thinks you are for believing in a fictional being. What is so hard about saying this instead: "I don't believe in god." It states your opinion without putting anyone else down. Furthermore, to those who use the first example instead of the second, why? Does it make you feel smarter, more powerful than them because you didn't fall for the fictional being in the sky? Do you expect to change people's minds by being cruel to them? Why are you unable to state your opinion without being rude? Do you not care how other people react? Is being polite not in your capabilities? What's the deal?