Rational discourse and the scientific method are the means by which enlightened societies resolve their debates.
Once one enters the public sphere, religious beliefs are not protected from scrutiny, debate, criticism, and ridicule.
One’s religious beliefs should not exist in an impenetrable and inviolable bubble wherein they are protected from criticism or scrutiny.
Notwithstanding the silly attempts by some to draw equivalences between religion and atheism, they are non-overlapping concepts.
There are endless instantiations of moral, compassionate, and kind acts that are committed by atheists.
At the societal level, this desire to maintain one’s honor and hence avoid shame is intimately linked to the control of women’s sexuality.
Atheists are construed as immoral beings who are more likely to commit grotesque acts such as incest, animal torture, and serial murders.