What people think is true they defend.
That is why I don't ordinarily speak in terms of 'true' and 'false' as it is all one to me. One can, within this context, speak of 'best theories', or what is pragmatic and what isn't, or 'lets do the sxperiment and see'... But 'true' holds no real meaning, from this perspective.
But, evidence certainly seems to support your statement.
A person's concept of truth they take to heart, and have an emotional attachment to.
Yes, it is emotionally powered prideful ego, and people will commit any atrocity to defend ones egoically attached 'beliefs'. The nature od a belief is that they must survive and propagate.
Again, evidence certainly seems to support your statement.
There is no point in a rational approach to the irrational.
A 'rational aproach' might be fine, it just wont be of much use when it finally arives. And history has shown us that an 'irrationality' of one moment/perspective can become a 'rationality' the next.
Try to value people who believe in God as wanting to be good, virtuous, and moral.
First, most of the horrors inflicted upon man has been committed by people 'believing in god'. Again, 'belief' acts like a virus that must survive at any cost and propagate; "Convert or die, heathen! Jesus loves you!"
First, at last count, your 'god' doesn't value one person of his 'creation' any more or less than another. Why should, then, I?
"Want"? Want is irrelevent. I don't 'want' to display my foolishness, for the world to see, here, yet I continue (until I don't). Life is what happens while you are busy 'wanting' (which is 'judging' which is 'pride' which, in the 'Godworld/religions', is considered 'sin'.)
We have no choice but to be as we are.
Are they not better in some sense than those trying to be b-a-d bad?
That would certainly be a rather 'common' perspective, but with many 'ugly' social ramifications.
Those who are seen 'judgementally' as 'bad' are no more responsible for their nature than anyone else. 'Punishment' is no different then 'reward' in their 'prideful' origin. They both issue from the mouth of the Beast!
Still, a name is a dangerous thing.