So, I have a hard time giving a crap about your intention, because your throwaway comment was thoughtless, callous, insensitive, insensible and ridiculing, and your later "argument" was even more demeaning (ridiculing) of a broader group than perhaps you were aware. But if you think you did nothing wrong, I am willing to let the matter rest.
I do think I did nothing wrong, but on reflection, my initial comment is far from my best work. I don't think it was terrible, but it didn't really take into account Annie Over's feelings. But then, she didn't take other people's feelings into account when she made her post. My comment was born of frustration at what I saw as gullibility and thoughtlessness on her part. But other people had already highlighted that, and perhaps I was just taking unnecessary potshots.
However, I don't see anything at all regrettable about my later comments. They were - if I may say so myself - intelligent, well-written, thought-provoking and polite. I clearly explained my view that belief in an invisible sky-god who intervenes in trivial matters is no different from belief in invisible elves who do the same. Those who believe in the invisible sky-god may be offended at that and may feel demeaned or ridiculed, but that is a problem with their perception, not with the statement itself.
The more popular an opinion is the more deserving of respect it is, because the holder of the opinion is less deserving of ridicule and/or disdain for having arrived at the opinion and the opinion itself is less deserving of ridicule and disdain because it is held by a large percentage of the poulation.
So Catholicism is more deserving of respect than Protestantism? Islam more than Judaism? Is it just global or does relative respect apply locally? Is Hinduism more deserving of respect in India than in England? Should Creationism be respected more than evolutionism in Alabama, but less in Europe? Do I need to take a vote on this message board to decide how worthy a given opinion is of my respect? (If so, Annie wouldn't fare too well.)
Does unbelief count? The belief that Jesus was not God is more popular than the belief that he was/is. Is it therefore more deserving of respect?
To be honest, I'm at a complete loss to understand why you think popularity should affect respect (even with your idiosyncratic definition of the word). I can agree that someone who simply holds the default beliefs of their community is in some small way less worthy of disdain than someone who latches on to a similar but less popular belief because their intellectual failing is more due to laziness than gullibility, but beyond that very narrow difference I just don't get it. You seem to be saying that there should be some sort of deference to the majority opinion, whatever that happens to be. That sort of thinking results in intellectual stagnation and witch-hunts.