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It depends on the dissenting opinion I guess; disagreeing on some kind of political item is one thing, saying the earth is flat or other nonsense is stupid.As long as the default response to anyone with a dissenting opinion being "stupid", or "idiot", or "moron", or my personal favourite "unacceptable views" is commonplace and allowed to slide, people are going to get their hackles up and push back. It's hard not to take it personally when such personal language is used, no?
Just because someone decides to ignore science and logic doesn't mean I have to agree their opinion is valid. If I was a better person I would have more patience and try and reason with them, but that kind of dialogue requires an open mind on discussing things.
People that refuse to examine their opinion in the face of evidence that disputes that are a waste of time to argue with; at that point it's a firmly held belief like religion, not a rational opinion.