QualiaSoup explains the answer in a beautiful way, as he always does. It’s UK-centric, but the principles still apply in America:
Here’s one of the screenshots. See if you can guess who supports a secular government
I hate when people say “militant secularism.” What the hell is that even supposed to mean?
when one says they support opinion a, and it reflects their religion its called faith. When one says they support opinion a, but it does not reflect any religion, its taken as a personal diss for some reason and they attack with the words militant
It almost like if you are able to define terms and language, you’ve won half the battle.
It means they are projecting. They don’t like it when violent or extremist members of their group are called militant. That means outspoken secularists deserve the same label when they say things that make theists uncomfortable. It hurts to be threatened with the loss of long held privilege.