Anyone that knows me, also knows that I am an atheist. Atheism is even considered a religion by the BBC. So whilst sat at home on Saturday and there is a knock at the door. Not expecting guests I wonder who it can be. I open the door to a well dressed man holding some leaflets and smiling at me. He informs me that he is calling on behalf of the local church, and proffers some of his leaflets towards me. I glance down at the leaflet, and politely inform him that as a physics graduate it is scientifically impossible for me to believe both in gravity and god. He smiles back a little more nervously and states that there are many famous physicists that are Christians. I offer in reply you mean like Galileo, who is also known as the ‘father of Science’ and was ostracised by the Catholic Church for heinous crime of suggesting that the Earth is not the centre of Universe, and perhaps the Earth actually orbits the much larger Sun. How dare he. I returned his leaflet and off he went. I wonder if I would have been so politely spoken to had I turned up at a Religious household and tried to hand out free copies of Richard Dawkins latest books with the intent of converting a few.
So as Atheism is now considered a religion, do I get protection from the religious intolerance that I have to put up with. Or is that only reserved for idiots who believe in sky fairies?