- The group that did the study is indeed an atheist group.
- They are clear it's a study on rights of atheists...so it's no surprise they don't address religious persecution - whether by other religions or atheists.
- In many parts of the world atheists are indeed persecuted and subject to discrimination...no surprise here.
- Many European countries have laws, treaties and histories of special relations with religious groups...no surprise here, but it's hard to see persecution of atheists being a significant result. But, OK it's a legit complaint as far as it goes...
- Several states still have laws on their books that discriminate against atheists...as they do regarding races...they are unconstitutional, but have not been cleaned up. Again, it's hard to see persecution of atheists being a significant result. But, OK it's a legit complaint as far as it goes...
Certainly no one here thinks atheists should be persecuted as they are in many places, e.g., many Islamic countries.
Certainly no one here thinks atheists should be discriminated against any more than Christians should be discriminated against.
Old laws probably should be cleaned up, but if they have no authority I can see also see arguments to simply ignore them - leaving them as a warning against, and a reminder of, the days when discrimination of this sort was common.
Certainly if Christians are discriminated against we do not demand that atheists, or others, be discriminated against too? Don't we simply demand an end to all such discrimination?
Certainly if atheists discriminate against Christians we don't demand the right to discriminate back? Don't we simply demand an end to all such discrimination?
I don't see the need for all the angst.