I talk online on social media a lot about skepticism and atheism.
I sometimes recieve complaints from people about how I should stop talking about it, and how offensive it is.
The thing is. Skepticism is important for social justice, anyone defrauding people with pseudoscience and snake oil, sales and marketing does not deserve any respect.
This goes double for religion. Religion is one of the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on humankind. As such it deserves no respect at all, much less the exceptional free pass that religions are given by society.
What people seem to fail to realise is that lack of respect for a religion is not the same as lack of respect for an individual.
The biggest problem is that there are people who take the fraud that is religion, and build their entire identities using the religious fraud as a foundation.
These are the people that take personal offence when religion is questioned. These are the people that stone non-believers to death, or fight bitter legal battles to keep public shows of religion as oppressive and one sided as possible. These are the ones who are not ready to leave the matrix, the ones you will fight you if you buck the system. Those who's thoughts are not their own.
When you silence speach about what is going on, when you stop people speaking out about the attrocities religions are perpetrating, when you allow moderates to forgive and feed the extremists. You speak up clearly, you tell the world that you don't want the extremists fought. You support the fraud and bigotry.
I do not, and I will not. If people find that so offensive, then I ask that they question their support for the kind of bigotry. And if they do, then I would ask that they do me a favour and vanish. I cannot countenance the maintainence of friendships with people who value the support of such grievious fraud and abuse of others above humanity and society.