I think it is obvious that Christianity has become mostly benign and secularized for the most part and I don't see Christians subjugating their women and executing gays in the ways that take place in the Islamic world due to the quran and Hadith (the Hadith is the so-called writings of the prophet and his followers in which Islamic Shariah law is based from); but I see too many atheists tending to bash Christianity and giving excuses for Islam. Why is this so when according to the Islamic faith, we atheists are "kafar" should be the first ones killed before the Christians and Jews (especially me, since I am an apostate since I was "born" a Muslim); therefore, why do atheists tend to give excuses for the true evils of the Islamic faith??
Jesus Christ as a symbol (whether he was a real person or not) is a much better role model than the child molesting, murderous, and evil "prophet" called Muhammad. The Bible doesn't demand governments to be Christian but the Quran demands that all governments be Islamic by nature and the punishments are much more bizarre. In Islam, you can not even ask any questions about Muhammad or Allah but Christians and Jews are able to debate within themselves and ask questions. When a cartoon is drawn or a quran is burnt you see how savagely Muslims act throughout the world and those who are "moderate" instead of condemning the barbaric acts blame the "Salman Rushdie's" or the "Pastor" instead of placing blame on the perpetrators and culture of violence in the Islamic world. So why is it, that Christianity is often (in my opinion) overly criticized and Islam is not criticized enough when the gravest threat to the existence of the human race is surely an Islamic regime with nuclear weapons?? I'd like to get your opinions..
And I'd contend that only blind cultural chauvinism could warrant such a response as what you've just given.
This is true. It's partly because there are more Christians becoming Atheists themselves since Christianity itself really don't have a threat of death for apostates. As much as most atheist would love to Criticize Islam—I would love to—Atheists should do so with anonymity as we have already seen how Muslims will set an example for such Critics... look at Theo Van Gogh Murdered and how Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been in high security and in hiding.
And of course, as most atheists come from the Christian religion we know little to nothing of Pure, unadulterated Islam. So, before we (ex-christian) Atheists could criticize Islam, we should study it first.
Great point Vernard and it was great that you mentioned Theo van Gogh and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Why should such people be murdered and be threatened to be murdered for expressing their beliefs?? Why can't Muslims act civilized in the ways Christians tend to be?? Christians may get offended by a lot of things but they don't act like savage animals.
One more thing: you have more and more Christians accepting the possibility of evolution. Even the Pope said evolution may have taken place with "god's guidance". In Islam according to Shariah law, it is punishable by death to make such claims in public as fact.