In my opinion, what many seem to be angry about isn't the feeling of hope, or the opportunity to reflect and thus "be spiritual" (which is something very rough to define).... I think those are good things.....
Labels suck. If I am a Christian, am I a Ted Haggard Christian? Catholic? Sarah Palin Christian?
Why can't I just follow Jesus? Or imitate him? Or just read the gospels and have my own go at interpreting what they mean to me?
Group think is the danger, and Christians aren't the only one who have to deal with the mob mentality that often trivializes and ridicules minorities. (still) Not that this will change in my lifetime, but we are heading in a decent direction on personal autonomy being more important then what a church says.
What people get upset about are the claims men make. So yeah, if you go to a church, or choose to identify yourself as a nominal Christian, to a certain degree, there is baggage that comes with it, about 2000 years worth or so of it.
But even at that point, it has to be allowed that amazing changes in the liberalization of attitudes have occurred regarding religions and churches in the last 200 years. So while I agree with much of what Terry said here, Terry, there is an evolving of what it means to be a Christian today.
Don't read too much into that for me. I am reporting what I see. I didn't get a revelation or anything.... ;)