As well when someone feels the need to correct your scientifically backed statement based on thier own ideology. I respect others right to their own beliefs. But when you use your own to say someone elses opinion is wrong, is pure ignorance and disrespectful.
While using your faith in God to try to disprove scientific fact is dubious, I do not think Robert was doing that. However, to use your own beliefs to say someone else's opinion is wrong, is not
ignorant or disrespectful, it is an argument, a difference of opinion. That is precisely how an opinion is proved right or wrong... by argument. Since an opinion, by definition, is a statement that cannot
be proven true by observation or experimentation (scientific method), the only way to prove it is to create an argument. Now, while an opinion supported solely by the "faith" that it is true, is not as strong as an opinion supported by scientific fact, they are still both opinions. The statement that "Man deserves to hold dominion over all animals" is an opinion that cannot be proven true (or false) by a scientific experiment. That is to say, it may be true (or false) regardless of the intelligence of the animals, if it is indeed the Will of God who created both. However, as an opinion, that statement may be challenged by another opinion that "all things are deserving of equal respect", which also cannot be proven true by scientific observation or experimentation. Both sides can present arguments (or choose to rest solely on "faith"), but ultimately only the final judgment will decide if man deserved to dominate the world and all the animals in it, or if he violated a sacred trust to respect and honor his fellow creatures. Only God, or Mother Earth, will decide.