I'm trying to discuss this as articulately as possible with you, unlike some people who just like to make the same points you did because Bill Maher talked about them or you read them on Huffington Post. I like you, I think you are an articulate, passionate person who can often be somewhat scary in your passions, and not in a scary, "9/11 was an inside job" kind of way. When Anderson was effectively calling you a disease-ridden whore who deserved to be raped and murdered in your very educational sex worker thread, I was on your side. I like what you have to contribute around here, and as such, please, don't condescend to me.
There's a difference between snark and bigotry, and and here's a very fine line between attacking someone's religion and attacking someone's cultural background. To attack someone's cultural background, something they may have had very little control over but left an impact on them nevertheless, is bigoted. I'm not talking about religion as a whole. I'm not even talking about "Christianity." In this particular instance, I'm talking about Catholics, though I could just as easily be talking about Jews or Muslims or Mormons or hard-line fundamentalist Christianity. For a lot of these, there's a distinct culture that surrounds them, and it can be incredibly hard for people to break away from internally, even if they externally no longer identify with that religion. That line is what I'm talking about here. To attack someone for their cultural background is bigoted.
I've written in length, at depth, about my history with the Church, including -- why, look at that -- why I left in the first place. ("There are two types of Catholics: practicing, and fallen.") When I was practicing, I was incredibly outspoken about my dislike for Benedict XVI, and I finally left out of my inability to reconcile my passion for human rights, gay rights, social justice, and women's rights with my "faith." I'm not religious. I don't identify with any particular faith, nor do I go to church or temple or a mosque regularly. I'm more of a humanist than anything.
My point, which I went into more detail in the NFL thread, is that for a lot of former Catholics, like myself, who are outspoken against the Church, who are disgusted with what's happened, it is very, very fucking hard to separate who we are as people with our background as Catholics. That shit gets in you, and it don't come out in the wash.