The thing is, all this folklore and religions share the same category. Which is referred to as Mythology. Demanding that the folklore you follow should get more respect than folklore about vampires and any other supernatural magical beings doesn't make any sense.
If a person says there are vampires in the old house across the street. Your unable to say there are no such things as vampires, since well if you did you would be saying he was wrong. Now imagine that conversation of you telling him that then he calls "You don't think they exist, PROVE IT!". Now he demands a proof from you that fang mouthed predators don't rule the night in your town.
This is basically the essence of the conversation here and in most every case where thesis meets critical thinking skills, which is the sad part I was referring to earlier.
I'm belittling people by challenging the ideals they follow? Now if a person thinks the earth is flat and I point out the flaws in that hypothesis I would be belittling them? The thing is, if I point out flaws I see in something someone stated and he points out that its incorrect then it wouldn't be much of a belittlement now would it?
You can only really belittle something that can't really stand up for itself in the first place. There is one thing not to belittle someone in order not to hurt his feelings but if your belittled for having your opinion challenged then it says much for the state of the ground the opinion stands on.
About you background story, nope. Here in Iceland religion mostly survives as a tradition for obvious reasons and luckily I had not to deal with the abuse religious households have gotten stereotyped as.
What I do like to do is understand things around me, and unless you challenge your views and debate them you never get real understanding. If you run in the corner and demand that everyone respect your opinion then you gain no more understanding.