"Atheists will agree that Christians have the same right to their own opinions as anyone else...and that they have the right to free speech, same as everyone else. But they don't want Christians to speak out loud about any opinions that they may have that are not in agreement with their own"
Not at all. I have no problem with Christians exercising their freedom of speech. Just dont think that freedom of speech means that others cannot disagree with your opinion.
"Of course, I get that atheists are getting tired of hearing about how they are all gonna "roast in hell"...but if Christians actually believe that,(and some do), shouldn't they be trying to warn people before it is too late? I mean, if I were heading into a disaster, I'm sure I'd want someone to tell me, before I got hurt, even if that someone were an atheist..."
Yes, I know that Christians think they are doing non-Christians a favor by warning them of what they believe is the inevitable consequence of their lack of belief in Jesus. However, there are many religions in the world that have beliefs in an afterlife that involves undesirable destinations for people that dont believe in that given faith. Are you worried that you might be bound for such a place? I doubt it. Would you get rather bothered over time if someone repeatedly told you to join their religion to avoid such a place, even though they did so out of genuine concern for you? I am guessing that you would.
"They will agree that Christians have the same right to believe as they choose as anyone else. But they must keep quiet about their beliefs, and not tell anyone else, is that right? They may believe in prayer all they want...they just can't actually pray where anyone might see them or hear them do it.
God...excuse me...Atheos forbid that they may want their children to be told that there even MIGHT be an Intelligent Designer behind the universe, because, somehow, that "violates science"..."
Again, Christians have the freedom of speech like everyone else, but this doesnt grant them immunity to critique. As for Creationism and its kissing cousin Intelligent Design, the reason that they are not allowed in science classrooms is exactly because they are about religion and are not science. I would have no problem with a comparative religion class taught in public schools in which the worlds major religions, including Christianity, in which the core tenets of each faith were presented in an unbiased manner. However, lets call a spade a spade here. Proponents of creationism/intelligent design do not want this. What they want is THEIR religion and only their religion taught in schools.
"They will agree that Christians have the same right to vote on issues that concern them as anyone else has....as long as they don't vote against anything they might want. A Christian may believe to the core of his being that abortion is murder, but he must not vote to curtail it in any way. He may believe with all of his heart and soul that homosexuality is a sin, but he must not vote against "gay marriage", because that would be violating someone else's "rights"?"
No, by all means vote your conscience. If you believe abortion and homosexuality is wrong then by all means vote accordingly, but in the same way that your freedom of speech does not grant you immunity to criticism your freedom to vote however you like does not guarantee that the legislation you are trying to pass actually will, or even should. In the case of California Prop 8 being struck down in court the judge rightly said that the will of the majority cannot deny rights to minority groups. It doesnt matter how much you believe in something if it defies our constitution.
Athiests, as a group, dont want to force anything on anyone. All we are asking for is a level playing field in which everyone is free to live, believe, and disbelieve as they choose. If this is not very palatable to the largest religious group in our nation who is rapidly developing a persecution complex when in reality they are increasingly being denied the ability to persecute others then so be it.