"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.
Think about the children!!! We have to protect the children!!!
Actually, I think it's a projection of power. By flexing their muscle, they give others the impression they should be respected. I believe many of the religious worship power itself. Not justice, not compassion, not truth, just power. It's a win-win from the religious perspective. Those doing the prosecuting can score points with the religious crowd (or just behave like bullies for their own personal satisfaction). The religious crowd can point at the prosecutors and vicariously claim righteousness by supporting them, either vocally or with votes.
This crap will continue anywhere people choose not to stand up against it.
That seems to be right on the point. It is a power-trip of which even the poor can partake. Now I know that when I debate locally why I'm asked to check my brain at the door--they want it to be a fair fight. LOL