As I have stated to you before, I don't see you as a main stream Christian. You seem to have some balance, open mindedness, and common sense.
I can understand you seeing some nonbelievers as bigots., some of them are just as some Christians are. I don't know if you know it or not but the KKK(Ku Klux Klan) claims to be a Christian organization and they are the biggest red neck bigots on the planet.
The Nazi army had the words "Gotmitence" (sp?) on their belt buckles. It meant "God is with us." They also claimed to be of the Christian persuasion.
One of the big problems I have with Christians is a good majority of them can't exactly define what a Christian is. In Ireland both the Protestant and Catholics claim to be Christian but they have been killing each other for decides.
You call some nonbelievers bigots. I know I am going to eventually get shit for cutting and pasting from the dictionary all the time but I find it useful in making misconceptions a little clearer. Here is the exact definition of the word bigot;
Main Entry: big·ot
Etymology: Middle French, hypocrite, bigot
: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices
- big·ot·ed /-g&-t&d/ adjective
- big·ot·ed·ly adverb
I see this definition demonstrated by Christians more than I do non-Christians. To me, a person grows by having an open mind. An open mind does not close to things once they are comfortable to a certain concept. They examen and they do ask for "proof." We all accepted what we were told because we cared for the people who were teaching us. It is quite an emotional shock to come to the realization that not only what we were taught is a lie, it also shocks us to realize those who taught us were misled and have closed their minds to any reasoning or logic.
When that is your parent's and their religion takes them away from us because of it, we get pissed off. Pissed off people have strong opinions. That doesn't make them a bigot.
The word Christian covers a lot of ground and it is the Christians, not the non-Christians that have been forced into fragmenting it's meaning to fit their issues with other Christians. The fact is, they all claim to follow the bible and the teachings of Christ. It is the bible and some of those teachings I see as myth and hypocritical actions. If you wish to disclaim some of those teaching of the bible then more power to you. But if you take what you like out of it and disregard the rest does that make you a Christian or does that make you an admirer of specific guide lines written about in the Christian bible?
When the members of the KKK say they follow the same book you say that you follow, unless you specify which part of it you follow and which part of it you don't, it is hard to tell the difference between the two of you unless we have conversations like this. Unfortunately, I think that is why the topic of Christians and non-Christians gets discussed so much on this board. It's all about specific definitions that Christians change according to their likes and dislikes.
I go by your actions and demeanor. As I said before, I over look the fact you call yourself a Christian. I hope that's OK.