William Bennett wrote:
do you think it's disrespectful to you (practioners of aikido) and the Art of Aikido if I wish to learn the self defense techniques without the spritual aspects put into it?.
I think you are setting up a dichotomy that does not, or need not, exist.
The desire to get on the mat and find a way to resolve conflict without hate and agression sounds like a good physical training AND also trodding a spiritual path that is congruent with most religions I know of.
It is unlikely that anybody in the dojo is going to discuss spirituality with you, anyhow. Too busy training (smile)