Phone threats of rape with a blowtorch by a man who claimed I insulted his god went on day and night for some weeks. I made the same decision as Robin Marty, at first I was afraid; then realized I had no control over him and I did have control over my reaction. He wanted me to stop writing about his god as dominator, exploiter, manipulator and hate-monger; if I stopped writing, he would silence me and for what purpose? I had to write what I know first hand. I realize there are loonies out there in the ether somewhere, and I have the right and responsibility to report my experiences on a public forum. As long as fear rules me, I felt powerless. Writing my truth is a necessary and not sufficient action on my part.
People talk about others being terrorists without realizing our country and religious groups grow our own hate-mongers and terrorists. As long as they exist, there will be people such as myself who do not remain silent.
Women and homosexuals have a common enemy in the USA and it is not the non-believers, freethinkers, secularists, Brights or atheists.