I have to assume I read a different “prejudice” opinion by CD Brooks than his complainers. As an agnostic myself and one who prefers no organized religion affiliation, I too see and read where extreme religious zealots do indeed practice prejudice, all under the banner of religious freedom.
Members of my family still believe in God, the Bible, etc. and truly follow its teachings. These include respecting the freedom and rights of all, not just those to whom we wish to dictate our own private religious beliefs and insist they live as we do. That of course includes atheists, agnostics, gays, minorities or the folks next door or down the street, regardless of color or gender.
My family, (even though we disagree on organized religion or the Bible) don’t carry signs on Travis Boulevard saying that their God hates gays or that birth control pills are baby killers. They are true Christians, not the hateful sign-carriers.
That is the opinion I derived from Brooks’ letter, not a blanket criticism of all who prefer a private religious existence. Whatever a person’s choice of religious tenets – Christian, Judaism, Muslim, Buddhism, Atheism, etc., – it is a private choice (not a public arena). While we may, and do as humans disagree on many daily topics, (keep it friendly) religious tenets are a private matter and the ugliness of publicly promoting prejudice is in no way taught by any true religious doctrine.