Our freedom of speech is guaranteed only as long as we don't infringe on the civil liberties of others. But does anyone know where that line is?
Sometimes, it seems that we offend people simply by stating our case, because an immediate opposite is recognized from our statement. For example, if one were to say "I love women," that doesn't insinuate any direct opposite. However, the statement "real men love women," could be offensive to gay men, without specifically addressing them.
The infamous quote; "once you go black, you never go back" also has the tendency to offend those of other races, because it implies that nothing else is as good. Without ever addressing white or Hispanic men, it's insinuated that they are not as good as black men. However, the statement "I prefer black men" makes no negative insinuation.
You see my point.
The same thing tends to happen in society and families as it pertains to religion. We often see bumper stickers that read "Real men love Jesus." This obviously creates the thought that any man that doesn't, isn't a real man. We read giant billboards that say "Don't make me come down there. - God" Other signs read "Turn or burn," and "Jesus is the reason for the season."
Has anyone stopped to think about the way Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Agnostics, or Atheists feel about those signs? One can make the case that the Christians are just stating their opinion, and that's fine. But an opposition is being created. For example, a bumper sticker that reads "God is Santa Claus for Adults" is considered obscene. But what's the difference? The aforementioned Christian bumper sticker suggests that Muslim men aren't real men because they don't "love Jesus."
My point is, I understand that many Atheists try to be funny and offensive, and for the most part, I try to stay out of that crowd. But when we simply say something about the Winter Solstice, or post a sign about how the history of Christmas came to be known as December 25th, many Christians find that knowledge offensive, and assume that we are trying to ruin their fun or be the Grinch.
But we're not! We're just stating the facts and history of the holidays.
So how is it, that Christians can present the most offensive material, and we are supposed to accept it, yet if we simply state the history of holidays and origins of religions, we are seen as vicious and untrustworthy?