There are few subjects about which people are as adamant as to their own personal beliefs, and there is certainly nothing wrong with having a strong belief system...even if one's belief is to have no faith. I know a multitude of christians who would say I'm wrong about that, but if one does believe in God, shouldn't one believe that God will accomplish whatever God wants whether one participates actively in that pursuit or not? What bothers me most about conviction to any belief is that, once one has made up one's mind, it tends to shut off completely any consideration of other points of view.
There are a lot of people at work whose opinion of the Beatles boils down to this: Long hair, indian religion, peace & drugs. Now we all know that while these things are certainly a part of what the lads experienced and participated in during their career, they by no means represent the whole. These guys write the Beatles music off because other parts of the experience challenged their status quo...and a belief system they had become quite comfortable with. I'm not saying the Beatles were godless or anything of the sort, but the lads did challenge a great many societal norms in their day. Why else would most of the outcry about John's "more popular than Jesus" comment have come from the so-called 'bible belt'? When viewed from a christian point of view and without context, that comment can certainly sound threatening, but most folks just chalked it up to JL being JL.
I remember when "The DaVinci Code" came out...there were flyers distributed around this area calling for a boycott because the movie presents an alternate time-line and story concerning Jesus' life. The flyers actually suggested seeing another movie, "Over the Hedge", as a 'family values' vote...I admit, I saw them both, though not that weekend, and enjoyed "Over the Hedge" more, but for reasons entirely separate from the aforementioned. (honestly, "Over the Hedge" was more entertaining, but that is another story!) I was asked at church why I'd gone to see "DaVinci"...after all the dire warnings about it being heretical...I told them that I don't think God could ever be threatened by a movie, so why worry for Him? "DaVinci" was, as Tom Hanks put it, a fictional book that used historic names and places.
In the end, these 'threats' are just words, music and pictures...one has to make up one's own mind. No one else can, or should, do it for one.
If love is blind, how will it ever find a way?