Pastor Wick raises an interesting point about religious persecution:
Yes, people in other places of the globe suffer for claiming Christ. They have in the past, they do today. We need to be in prayer for them. But I would assume even the Atheist community in America would stand on their behalf. Our constitution will not be changed anytime soon.
You do see groups like the ACLU and Americans United fighting on behalf of Christians all the time. But they’re not atheist organizations.
I’m hard-pressed to come up with any explicitly atheist organization that has helped, or fought for, or even stood behind the rights of the religious when they were facing persecution.Can you think of any?
Also: Should atheist organizations even be supporting those religious people? Do we want to see less religion in the world or would we rather see religious equality for all? Is it paradoxical for atheists — or their organizations — to support Christians or Muslims who are not allowed to spread their beliefs?
I imagine that some atheists are pleased to see the religious under fire, but I hope many, many more would like to see their (non-)beliefs respected alongside religious beliefs. We can debate and argue all we want (we’ll win every time, of course), but I hope most atheists are just as sickened by stories of religious people being persecuted as the faithful are.