some time ago I found myself in this, honestly very stupid discussion. The short of it was that I in general think that "real" religion is misplaced in science fiction books, games and movies. And then there was this character in this game who was a christian, I argued that it was stupid, and that this character was just thrown in there to please the masses.
That earned me a lot of hate mail, and in the end I was completely frozen out of this fan group.
I am just a stupid Dane, and I have honestly NEVER met a that strong opposition to any arguments against pointless religion. I didn't bash religion per se, I admit I could have handled it better, what I said was why only christianity was represented, after all there are more muslims in the world than christians, and where were the space hindus.. the counter argument was said character was white, and army. (Which is not really an argument at all if you ask me) - And then I really stepped in it, and said that it was just so damn American.. I didn't mean that like it came out, I have nothing against Americans or America, but I am none the less sure that the game had this character in it to cater to a specific demographic. There are other characters that will speak to other demographics, so everyone can see a little of themselves in the characters, which is smart marketing.
The American slip up, was not smart however.. And while I don't regret that I said it, I regret that it came out like that, and I regret that I brought it up where I did. I had not in my wildest dreams thought that anyone would fight me on that stance.
What did I get away with? completely ostrazised from that group of fans, and a fandom that rubs me wrong. And a quote that someone told me in the discussion.
Outspoken Atheists are almost as bad as outspoken zealots.
I ask myself why I wouldn't wanna be outspoken, its stuff like this that will teach you to guard your words, even if I still believe I am right, then I could have chosen my venue better. But I will never shut up, and really then this just told me how important a discussion it really is, when people don't even question the why's.