Religion -- an observation
We have people on the left wing who are quite happy to mock and attack Christianity but shy away or start slinging labels when anyone mocks or attacks Islam, even in cases where radical Muslims are engaging in flagrant bigotry and brutality against gays and women which would outrage them if fundamentalist Christians were doing the same things.
That's part of why I wrote this post. I have no patience with carefully-cultivated half-blindness of either stripe (nor with efforts to nitpick tendentious "differences" between the two cases above). Both religions hold hundreds of millions of minds under an illegitimate and dangerous occupation. Both are engines of repression and backwardness and both need to be slammed relentlessly at every provocation. It is never acceptable to use the atrocities of one to excuse or minimize the atrocities of the other. They are two tentacles of the same Abrahamic octopus. The most perceptive atheist activists such as Dawkins, Hitchens, and Condell have always realized this -- and have accordingly directed their fire at both targets.