Freedom of worship is the most important right of men and women – not because religion deserves any special status, but because freedom of worship is inseparable from freedom of speech, freedom of expression, all those little tributaries of what we might call freedom of thought. I respect the right of anyone to worship any god or believe in whichever heaven or hell they want to, but that doesn’t mean I respect the beliefs themselves.
If you believe the Bible is the word of God, that’s your business. If you want to preach that to people in your church or on the street, that’s your business too, and I think you should have the right to do it. It’s just as much my right to think the Bible is a vulgar and ridiculous book that any God of compassion and integrity would renounce. It’s your right to believe it, not the belief itself, that I respect. It’s only that right that the government is bound to respect and protect, and then only so far as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of someone else. If your street preaching crosses the line to harassment it’s the government’s duty to protect others from that harassment.
So you’re not a Christian; maybe you’re a Muslim. Same goes for you. Preach about Muhammad and the superiority of Islam all you want, it’s still my right to speak out and say that the Koran is even more violent, sexist and silly than the Bible. Your faith, no matter how twisted it is and no matter how fanatically you believe it, doesn’t entitle you to harm someone else, doesn’t entitle you to train people just as deviant as you to blow themselves up in churches and schools. There is nothing that entitles you to that. No religion absolves it. So take your religious liberty and shove it up your ass.