Forgive me for such a long, somewhat repetitive, and very much off-topic post.
I debated responding or letting it go, and I know the right thing would have been the latter, but I couldn't resist.
I think your use of the word "oppressed" is really far too severe, and that's been my point. I will not deny that atheists, homosexuals, whomevers will, in some cases with some people, face problems. In fact, everyone faces prejudice for who they are; even in America, there are Christians who face prejudice, despite your choice to believe Christians are some evil power that has no empathy. Oppressed? I don't think a few insults or misunderstandings qualifies as "oppressed." Being denied employment, being denied opportunities, that's oppression. The law in the United States, laws made by those non-atheist non-homosexual non-whatever-is-being-oppressed people you are so critical of, protects them from the extremely rare (but extremely hyped by the media) cases where this does happen. To use the word oppression on what those people, what all people experience at some point at varying degrees of severity, is insulting to people who truly are oppressed for what they are or what they believe in.
I believe, too, that there was a misunderstanding in the "outspoken" portion, and I will even take the blame on myself for that; perhaps I was unclear. I do not mean every single case where there is a misunderstanding or a problem (I refuse to call an off-comment from one Christian about one atheist "oppression;" give me hard proof that the law works against them, that the "man" works against them...don't give me "adult bullying" examples. There are people who are just as intolerant of religious people as there are people intolerant of non-religious ones; respect is a two-way street and from you, I only see you wanting it to come your way but you have no willingness to give any back based on how you speak of Christians), so to say "all cases" is an exaggeration of what I said. As for outspoken, I mean to say this: if you look for a fight, you get one. There's a time, a place, a way to present these details. If you're disrespectful, if you're offensive, if you're doing it for the sole purpose to rile someone, well, it's not going to end well. You'll find that if all you choose to view are the horror stories of people who victimize themselves by overreacting to off-comments or this or that (and I am talking about people on Facebook groups or wherever, not talking about people who have pre-existing mental conditions that, in severe cases, end up taking their lives as a result of these circumstances; wanted to clear that up as to not offend) you only get one view: that everyone who is an atheist has it worse than everyone who is a Christian and it is all because of over-religious dictators running a republic. In reality, with both sides of the story, you'll see that there are extremes on both ends, sure, but most people are willing to respect, and most people are respected. There will always be exceptions...U.S., U.K., gay, straight, atheist Christian, whatever, wherever. Most people aren't like that, and to call it "oppression" is sensationalism and just shows that you're exaggerating to create a problem you want to exist, and have really taken everything in a narrow, context-less focus.
So we go to the last part, then, the Bible belt. I am a NASCAR fan, and NASCAR is deeply rooted in the Southeast. As a result, the NASCAR community that I post on is made up of nearly 90% Caucasian, Southeastern, Christian males. And believe me, they are strongly religious, to the point that yes, religion has been discussed in the off-topic section of that forum. I did reveal I was an atheist. Not one insult. Not a single insult. No one tried to convert me, nothing offensive. A forum of a few hundred Southeastern Caucasians and not one did what you personally would have expected (or even wanted). Some ignored it, sure, but at least they had that restraint if it did bother them. Others ignored it because it meant nothing to them. And those who did respond were polite; some asked for an explanation of what I believed in, or how I viewed life, or where I turned when things weren't going correctly. They wanted understanding; imagine that. It was a great conversation. Why? Because I came in respectful of what they were discussing, I never pretended I was 100% correct, I never went in with the intention of changing their views, etc. I gave respect. They gave it back. Like the vast majority of people, outside of isolated incidents that no one witnessed (and we all exaggerate what happens to us for sympathy), would do. I do not mean to generalize based on this sample, but in the same way, you should not generalize based on your sample. Every part of every nation there are people who will tolerate, people who will appreciate, people who will celebrate, and of course, people who will hate. But you get what you give, and if you want people to accept you, you need to accept them.
I've admitted that I will see a bit of what I want, sure. But I feel you're doing the same, and unlike me, you haven't admitted that. Be fair and be respectful if you want the same toward you, who you are, and even what you are. That's all there is to it. Making massive issues out of a few cases and making generalizations is exactly what breeds the attitudes some people have toward atheists or any other group of people, and yet I see it in this thread. Avoid that mentality.