You do have a point, Six. But using “apostate” creates hardly the hysteria among us that the “N” word does.
Well we're hardly as oppressed and de-humanized as black people were, now are we? And while I think it's absolutely true that racist use "nigger" in almost the exact same context as Jehovah's Witnesses use "apostate" (to control, repress, and dehumanize), we don't have to fear that society as a whole might turn on us, do we? Blacks, Jews, and goddamn Albanerians do have such a fear, they've seen it happen before and they see elements of society - in power - who would be happy to return to the "good old days".