One of the most frustrating things about communicating with believers is that when feeling pressed they revert to "stop being mean." In so many words, I should say. People who I have known for a very long time, or who in any other conversation would reason with me and communicate honestly, shut down and claim that I am calling them dumb. They say things like "you must think I am silly because you think what I believe is silly." Nothing could be further from the truth.
I was a hardcore committed Christian for 20 years. I would be calling myself dumb and silly. It is obvious to me that there are many "good" reasons to have faith. The only problem I have found is that they just aren't real or enough to justify it if given the evidence. So, that is why I communicate about this. Not to say someone is silly, but that I believe that they are reasonable enough to think critically. All the more reason why I am so baffled when they wont do it. It really shocks me when loving and kind people will turn on me in an instant as if they don't know my character just because I challenge their faith.
I definitely believe everyone should have the right to believe whatever they will. I also agree that to harp on the topic can get very old very quickly if there is nothing else in the relationship. But that being said, if we have a relationship and you just reject to consider my thoughts on this topic, it leads me to question the depth of these relationships. Faith has a great ability to unite and divide. I am getting pretty sick of the dividing.