You should read my entry on “The Law and Unbelief” in the Encyclopedia of Unbelief, in which I detail such cases in the US, when courts even admitted that atheists were free game because of legal prohibitions against their testimony, and some were attacked and sometimes killed for sport. This happened even into the 1920s. I summarize that lengthy article in this shorter version.
I posted this same comment at Joe’s blog, but it’s “awaiting moderation”… I hope it makes it through.
It didn’t. You can see exactly how worthy of non-posting it is – how full of invective and misrepresentation and free-floating hostility.
David used to be at CFI; I met him there at the same time I met Joe. They’re former colleagues. So it goes.
Read David’s article; it’s very informative.