But I will be lazy this morning and point y'all in the direction of my friend, The Crescat, and her far-better-written-post-than-anything-I-can write-unless-of-course-she-and-I-were-drinking-at-The-Thirsty-Beaver:
To my dear friend religion is just another personal choice, like who to date or whether to have coffee or tea for breakfast. It doesn’t matter what religion you choose to follow if it works for you. But that is not what Catholicism is. It is not just another choice on the buffet of beliefs. He thinks my stubborn persistence that Catholicism is the True Faith founded by Christ to be nothing more than a desire to be right.
However, it is Catholicism that is right, not I. You can not apply the same rightness to all religions if you truly believe and acknowledge the rightness of Catholicism. Does that make any sense? How could I possibly grant equal legitimacy to other religions under the guise of personal choice without making my own faith appear less legitimate? By suggesting religion is nothing more than a lifestyle choice reduces Catholicism to just one of the many spiritual options.
To quote the late Ken Kesey (yeah, I know his past, shut up): You're either on the bus or off the bus.