I understand now that your reply was 100% about people doing certain things and why. It was never about how they are able to do so. My apologies for my long and drawn out explanation of freedom of speech. It now feels a little awkward. So why would people rather take God's name in vain? Also, why do people attack Christianity, and not everything else altogether? When it comes to taking God's name in vain with the catch phrases that have been mentioned, I am going to stand by the "its a habit" assumption. Why do I stand by this though? I do so, because I am evidence of it. Using some of these catch phrases is something that I continue to struggle with on occasion. In no way to I take pleasure in saying "Jesus Christ!" when I nearly fall over on a chair or something. Am I saying that no one out their does it for pure pleasure because they are against Christianity? No, because there is no doubt in my mind that people like that exist. So why did these catch phrases stick and others like the ones you have mentioned didn't? It kind of doesn't make sense doesn't it? At least not to me to a certain degree. Maybe it is just one of those things that stuck, like referring to police officers as pigs. Maybe it is because Christianity hasn't died out and remains, unlike the trends of the 1920's. However, could it be a more diabolical reason? Yes, of course that is possible. When you said "I believe it is reasonable to conclude that when we pick up phrases, colloquialisms, slang, etc., we choose and latch on to the ones that we agree with." that you are exactly right! Either we don't see anything wrong with it, or we take pleasure in the positive or negative effects of the actual phrase. So why is Christianity so brutally attacked? Christianity is most assaulted in two places. A place like the United States, where freedom of speech is valued more over respect in most cases. The other is a place where Christianity is considered an error, maybe an Islamic dominant area. Why don't atheist attack other religions? They are simply surrounded by Christianity. It is the only thing that aggressive atheists have to assault, or what they have access too. As a Christian, would you rather give a converting speech in front of 10 hardcore Christians or 10 atheists? Which would be more effective? It's the same logic, aggressive atheists are out to cause damage and to pull people into their cause. If atheism was a HUGE thing in an Islamic country, Islam would be the primary target for them. See where I am going? However this doesn't explain why atheists are even aggressive in the first place. This would be something to ask them individually. Being attacked for religious beliefs is a huge problem in this entire world. Whether is be atheist vs christian, jew vs islam, christian vs atheist, etc etc. It's not religion that is holding humanity back, it's in the fact that some people just can't stop attacking another. As a modern day Christian it is obvious to me that displaying your faith is much more effective than an aggressive assault. (Was this off topic? It is, oh dear..) Peace Seeker, your post was wonderful! My response wasn't a way to come back at you with my opinion. I am simply in search of answers as well. Just wanted to share with you what I have gathered. Try to shed some light on it and such.