It is because people don't understand their own bigotry or the Bible<quoted text>
What I find ironic about the entire debate about what constitutes a "religion" is that the new catch phrase is that "Christianity is not a religion...it is a relationship".
It seems as if Atheists are not the only ones that want to not be associated with the term "religion".
They want to take examples of anything that anyone has ever done under the banner of "Christianity" and claim that is indicative of every person in the faith
And the more someone grows in their faith, the more it has to do with having a personal relationship with Jesus than the organized aspect of religion.
Also religion is basically the first step. It is a group of people who follow the Bible and has split into quite a few fractions based on interpretation. That is also why people make the point about the relationship because not only people try to use stereotypes when it comes to morality, they also do when it comes to beliefs.
Helping someone outside the faith to understand people are people, they are individuals with their own interpretations and own relationship with Christ and you can't just lump everyone together is something that shouldn't need to be done. However the distinction is pointed out because there tend to be a lot of ignorant bigots on Topix
All Americans aren't responsible for anything America did that they had no part of. All Americans don't agree with what their "representatives" do in Congress. All Americans aren't immoral because some Americans have done immoral stuff in the name of country. All Americans don't have the same ideologies despite all being under the Constitution and not all Americans interpret the Constitution the same way. And just like Americans don't give up citizenship out of protest over things they had no control over, neither do those in the faith leave their church
These are, or should be easy concepts. When it doesn't involve religion it seems they are easy concepts to follow. But because so many have shown when religion is factored in that they can't exercise common sense when looking at people in the faith, sometimes it is necessary to point out the personal and individual aspect of it