That's what I normally do, Coma. The problem is when people make remarks attacking my religion. I have never started a thread that wasn't about Jehovah's Witnesses. But when someone challenges my beliefs (just as when someone challenges the beliefs of an atheist), then I have no problem about responding (just as an atheist would respond to an attack on his beliefs).
Ex-JWs are raw. Most are coming out of a long, hellish experience and they've been burned. Many, to avoid being burned again, become atheists or agnostics. They get testy and start tossing out the "C" word (cult). Then, because they read somewhere that Mormonism is a cult, they just repeat it. Fine. First century Christianity was a cult. But the word now carries a nasty connotation where the prophet, guru, haszrat or whoever is an authority-grubbing Cool Aid mixer.
So, fine. I don't think they can help themselves. The problem is, I've been here longer than most of them have and it's been only comparatively recently that I revealed my own religion. Thus, I'll keep outta Mormonism if people on the board stay away from it. But many people are curious about it. Others are willing to hear new ideas, and still others just want to rant and talk about how all of religion is a joke. As far as I'm concerned, if a board's going to be open and if people are searching, I'll defend the Bible, the prophets, Christianity and, if someone wants to take potshots, Mormonism. And if the atheists become beseiged unfairly, I'll speak up for them, too.