It is human nature to look for facts and believe only facts that reinforces ones' own beliefs of what is happening in the world. This is not something new, but with the advent of technology where the barrier to distribute ones' beliefs is now virtually non-existent, this has allowed more people to express their feelings and ideas farther and wider than ever before. But there is a difference between facts and ones' opinions and ideas. I am not saying that someone's opinion is not valid because it is their opinion, but when someone expresses their opinion or idea as fact that is where the danger comes in.
I used the example of the pizza gate, people may whole heartedly believe that Clinton is the most evil person that is alive today, but that is a person's opinion not a fact.
In a previous post I highlighted a court case in Louisiana that showed that ministers and clergy are barred from reporting sexual abuse if the knowledge comes from a spiritual confession or counseling session. That is a fact that no matter how people slice it, is case law and has to be obeyed. Now people can disagree with the case law, they can feel that it is immoral and despicable and should be changed, but those are opinions. Opinions don't negate fact and cannot replace facts. Opinion can change laws, can change people's feelings and ideas, but opinion cannot change facts.
I was listening to NPR and they talked about how people believed that men's semen actually contained a little person inside of it, and this was thought by some of the most learned people in the world at that time. And that was the opinion of the people at that time, but does that mean that men's semen contained a little person inside of it because that is what people thought, of course not. New information was gained that told people that was the actual facts of the situation was. People could either accept the change in knowledge or not, but it did not negate what the actual facts are.
Someone here calls Witnesses homophobic, and I am not saying that person's view is not valid and their experiences are not what they have experienced. I know for myself I have experienced homophobic things from witnesses but I have also had boyfriends who has non-religious family members who are extremely homophobic. I don't believe witnesses as a group are homophobic but certainly people inside of the religion are.