Each and every person on this Earth has an inalienable right to live in peace, to pursue their own happiness, and to be regarded and treated as equals to all other people in every measurable way. If you hold religious beliefs that are at odds with these concepts, then your religious beliefs are a problem. A problem that needs to be addressed.
As a group of human beings occupying this planet simultaneously, we have a collective choice to make: either we strive towards those simple yet critical ends, or we don’t. If we choose to – and I tend to believe any halfway reasonable Supreme Being would want us to – then we have to stop acting as if religion is exempt from any manner of criticism.
By instead handing out metaphorical free passes for hurtful or prejudicial behavior under the banner of religion, we are choosing to protect the beliefs of few over the rights of many. If history has taught us anything, it’s that a world where beliefs have more value than rights will always arc towards division and oppression.