After all, you always refer to people of faith as "right wing extremists", "wingnuts", "rednecks", "Bible-stompers" and generally stupid and unreasonable people simply because they disagree with you.
Yukon Jack, the correct phrase is Bible thumper, not Bible stomper. And I cannot speak for others, but personally I have never referred to any individual poster as right wing extremist, wingnut, redneck etc.
Sure I use such descriptive terms to describe religious right, but so what? Here I am criticizing the philosophy, not individuals.
Similarly you are free to criticize liberals to your heart’s content. The problem comes when you start trashing individual liberals (and not liberal leaders, they are fair game, but when you start trashing liberal posters).
It is really very easy, as I described on canada.com forum once. If you want to make sure that you are criticizing ideologies and not individuals, don’t use the word ‘you’ in your posts.
It is very difficult to right an insulting post without using the word ‘you’ (it can be done, but you have to work at it).
Those epithets are roughly equal calling gays "homos",
I don’t think there is anything insulting in the word ‘homo’, it is simply short for homosexual. But if you want a short word, why not use ‘gay’?
Anyway, there is a big difference between words like ‘jigaboo’, ‘broad’ etc, which are terms of insult, and words like ‘right wing extremist’ or ‘Bible thumper’, which are descriptive terms.
As to ‘raghead’, that insults Muslims. You are free to criticize Islam (I have been pretty nasty when it comes to criticizing Islam), you are even free to criticize Fundamentalist Muslims (which I have done frequently). However, insulting all the Muslims with a term such as ‘raghead’ is over the top.
So let me summarize. You are free to criticize Islam, Fundamentalist Muslims, but you may not insult all Muslims. I am free to criticize Christianity, Fundamentalist Christians, but I may not insult all Christians.
You are free to criticize black organizations such as NAACP, you are even free to criticize extremist blacks (e.g. Louis Farrakhan, or even Jesse Jackson). However, you may not insult all blacks (‘jigaboo’).
You are free to criticize homosexuality, you are free to criticize individual gay leaders (e.g. Scott Bryson). You are free to say that homosexuality is an unhealthy lifestyle. However, you may not insult all gays, by using derogatory language or derogatory terms.
If it still isn’t clear to you, I give up.