...i hear you saying it is wonderful to live in the bible belt, this is the first I'm hearing that minorities in an overly christian area are free to express themselves without fear of marginalization...You're certainly free to express yourself, in the bible belt, and elsewhere, with this exception: if you publicly pray or mention God at a school graduation ceremony, or you're a school employee who encourages students to ask questions about Darwin's theory, you are not free to express yourself. There is a real chance that an atheist or a 'liberal Christian' will drag you into federal court to shut you up.
I am not aware of any effort by Christians in the bible belt or elsewhere to deny others the right to freedom of speech or the right to free exercise of religion. If you are aware of the use of legal or physical force by Christians to do this, please provide the examples.
Atheists have repeatedly sued Christians in federal courts to deny them their rights to free expression.
On the issue of the right of "minorities in an overly christian area to express themselves without fear of marginalization":
Did you mean 'overtly christian area' rather than "overly christian area"? An amusing Freudian slip, from a 'liberal' Christian.
And your complaint about minorities 'right' to be free of marginalization is telling. The Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech and free expression of religion. The Declaration of Independence grounds that right in God. Minorities (i.e. atheists) are free to speak and to exercise their irreligious beliefs, and the local folks are free to disagree with them and 'marginalize' them if they choose to do so. It's a free country. Nobody has any right not to be 'marginalized'.
And here's a hint: if you don't want to be marginalized, stop taking your neighbors to court to shut them up.
... I would not have dreamed of visiting the rural areas of the bible belt where I hear stories that one is marginalized for the 'fault' of being a 'reader' (Dom Joly was almost beat up for reading a book in a cafeIsn't your statement bigotry, Nnoel?
And if you want to experience real marginalization, become a biologist and openly express reservations about the atheist/materialist foundation of Darwin's theory. Make sure you have tenure first.
p.p.s. I assume we are debating because you wish to engage, if I'm just disturbing your little world and would wish me to move along, thats ok too, love is the most important thing, the rest is just fun!
You are always welcome here. I genuinely appreciate your thoughtful comments (even though I disagree!). The repartee is a pleasure.