The hysterical reaction in the UK in the wake of a court ruling that a town council could not start session with a prayer has been amusing and disturbing at once. Most amazingly, perhaps, has been the statement from Baroness Warsi, a Muslim female member of cabinet, warning against the country being taken over by "militant secularists". Funny, there is no way she could have this job today, were it not for the work of "militant secularist" feminists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Or you might remind her, in Muslim majority countries not touched by "militant secularism", she couldn't get away with being out of home with her hair showing. Or you can watch this interview, where the interviewer and a woman named Anne Atkins, confront Andrew Copson from Britain's National Secular Society about his "militancy" and asking him why atheists are so angry.
May I offer an answer? I feel a double standard is used against us when we are called "militant" for objecting to have to sit through something we don't believe in, while religions have to do something way, way worse to earn the same pejorative title.