Thank you so much for your respectful, articulate and well presented response. Most atheist I have met and had a chance to talk with are former Christians who have turned away from their former faith, so your perspective is very valued. I, of course, should have addressed that there are people who have never had faith.
I do not see religious freedom as a way to deny service to anyone, etc. As is true for you, I can only speak from my experience. I agree that Christians should be more vocal in taking a stance against those who claim division, hate and judgment in the name of Christianity. I wonder if those people ever read the New Testament? Religious freedom is truly the right of every individual to practice their beliefs without fear of persecution.
I genuinely appreciate the responses, all of them so far, that have taken my questions in the true spirit of which they were intended. I think if we cared to learn more about one another we would find we share more common ground than we think.
You are very articulate and I appreciate your time in answering my questions. You have given me much to think on.