"Fantastic doctrines (like Christianity or Islam or Marxism) require unanimity of belief. One dissenter casts doubt on the creed of millions. Thus the fear and hate; thus the torture chamber, the iron stake, the gallows, the labor camp, the psychiatric ward." —Edward Abbey
Because they are dumb and afraid.
"why does anyone care?" Because scripture is the work of man, as is religion and dogma and litany and principles and practices. To be "pursued, prosecuted and jailed because he didn't believe in God" makes as much sense as footbinding. There are always winners and losers in these traditions and the ones making the rules do so for a reason. Is it power-over? Greed? Hubris? Delusions? It doesn't matter, being damned by scripture is the attitude and behavior of an uneducated, foolish, lazy, or crazy individual and institution.
Those who do the pursuing, prosecuting and jailing need a dose of their own medicine.
Right Joan I agree!
Something else to keep in mind, Donald: some of them, maybe quite a few, are scared shitless of us and for multiple reasons:
They hate us because we have the potential to pull their house of cards down around them, and so they desperately react to keep that house of cards standing and their delusion intact. So far, they're managing, but for how much longer? That's a question well worth an answer.
Control! delusions! denial! Pretty potent rationale for dysfunctional behaviors.
Ya! remain silent and listen to their delusions; when the time is right, drop a bunker bomb to challenge their thinking. "You believe WHAT!?" and then give forth a hearty laugh.
Hey, you don't ask; you don't learn. Hope we helped here.