Persecuting the persecuted
It is just so bloody stinking ridiculous!
Atheist like to pretend that they are, by and large, the most persecuted minority group around today. In fact, it is brought up repeatedly as a mantra of sorts, that atheist are the last grouping of people to whom it is considered acceptable to persecute.
This is, of course, wholly untrue.
Thing is, there are other groups who are far more ostracised and persecuted than atheists. In some cases, they are far more numerous, and yet there is no end to the social stigma and heavy weight of political and social persecution towards some of them.
Taking a rational and skeptical stance in speech alone, atheists have attempted to justify the horrors perpetrated on these groups. As though crusading on the Christian bandwagon will make the Christians more accepting of you.
Thus there is a growing movement to suggest that there are reasons behind the traditions and values embodied by the Christian religion that hold valid even outside of the theology. It's like saying that, while you don't believe in god, you believe in god's word.
Fact is, there are many ideas that are held by atheists in the modern world that originate in the nineteenth-century Christian churches. Even in places where Christianity is not dominate, such as India, this still holds true. The Hindu got it from British missionaries and soldiers, by force, and missionaries continue to spread it like a plague around the globe.
Skepticism and rational thought, when applied, could do so much to alleviate the need to persecute mass segments of the populace. Yet, those who hold to ideas of skepticism and rational thought continue to join the ranks of those who do the persecuting.
I am become death, destroyer of worlds