Recently on Twitter, one (quasi-) celebrity retweeted another (quasi-) celebrity with a gratuitous swipe at Christians. The exact swipe isn't important. It's part of the usual drivel from a certain kind of atheist, the kind that is not content with his or her state of non-belief, but must insist that he or she instruct others in the rightness of that state of mind. I think of those people as the non-believer equivalent of the guy who stands on the street corner and tells you you're going to Hell for some reason or the other.
It's interesting that these strident folk will attack Christianity, often for being narrow-minded yahoos who have the bad sense to have faith in an unseen being, but those same folk will not say a thing about, say, Islam or Judaism, or any small religion. Wiccans, you're safe from ridicule from atheists. (Mitt Romney might have lost the election, but he can take solace in the knowledge that the atheists in this country surely believe that Mormons are Christians; otherwise they would not have felt so comfortable attacking his religion.)
Just the other day, a story on the Aetherwebs claimed that the student government association at Johns Hopkins University denied a pro-life group official status. One member compared the group to a white supremacist organization while another said that "we have the right to protect our students from things that are uncomfortable. Why should people have to defend their beliefs on their way to class?" The right to be "comfortable" - at a university, no less! Who'd have thunk it?
These strident complainers are usually the first to preach tolerance - for causes they support. Gay marriage? Better not say anything against it. Same with illegal immigration, "green" energy, gun control, or any other trendy cause. Speak out against any of those issues and one becomes a pariah. Complain about their anti-Christian rants, however, and you're accused of trying to suppress their FIrst Amendment rights.
Guys, it's not about First Amendment rights, it's not about your right to think and believe anything you want. It's about civility, and our interest as a society in getting along with people of different beliefs.