It is all viewpoint. I collect knives and swords because I think they are beautiful. I get together with a group of people and we bash at each other with padded fake swords. Other people may think that it is wrong because it promotes ideas of violence.
To some people, the official positions of the Catholic Church on these subjects do take stands that could be considered "intolerant of X". These positions are not necesarily those of individual Catholics. One must also remember that these positions are being interpreted through people who already have a dislike for Catholicism (or an axe to grind).
However, I can say that a fair majority of the outspoken Christians I have known (by which I mean outspoken about their Christianity) hold viewpoints that I find morally offensive about just these topics. (I'm sure they find my viewpoints equally offensive.)
The problem is, we mainly hear about these issues from the vocally religious, who, in my experience, are often very conservative and exhibit those same traits as the Catholic Church is being accused of.
The problem is, we mainly hear about atheism from from the vocally anti-religious, who, in my experience (at least outside this forum), are often very liberal and exhibit amazing intolerance for religions that preach love and tolerance.
Think I stuck enough qualifiers in there? Whew.
Mainly, I think that a person who was baptized Catholic, but no longer believes, should be able to leave the Catholic Church and be removed from the membership list just by asking. I wish I had read the web page more thoroughly, for I do see the hardcore atheistic dogma shining through.
—Captain the Reverend Lord C.S. Rowan, Lord of Glencoe, Minister of Pastafarianism, Gentleman Pirate
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