As a citizen of the United States of America, I cannot imagine any religion being persecuted in this day and age simply because we love to mix it up. That is, whenever one group starts to dominate we automatically take another side, any side. We tend to not allow any group to control, whether or not we agree with them. Yes, in the past and during war time, particularly during WWII, paranoia allowed us to isolate particular groups, but today we are far too diverse. I count among my personal friends, fundamentalist christians, muslims, a hindu, catholics and one jewish woman. We rarely discuss religion because it ends up in a free for all. Same reason we do not discuss politics. We have all decided to live and let live even though some of us just know that we are right.
I find this approach to diversity healthy and makes me fear much less than I used to. I saw the bigotry that comes from everyone adhering to a particular religion or political party. And, as a woman, I saw sexism in all of its uglier forms. Today, though there is always that element lurking in the corners, it is no longer acceptable and when it raises its ugly head, many will speak up to say loudly that it is not acceptable. Just last week one of my colleagues chose to diss mexicans, blaming them for all of our financial ills. Most of us immediately told her that her views, which she is entitled to under our belief system, were completely unacceptable to the rest of us.
I personally believe that everyone, in his or her own home, has the right to their views and their behavior, so long as we are speaking of competent, non coerced adults, but when she or he steps into the public venue, than hate speech or behavior will not be tolerated.
I cannot imagine fundamentalist christians controlling anything where I live, which is in california. I tolerate them, regardless of their views, because I believe that everyone is entitled to believe any silly thing they wish, but I see them as having no influence whatsoever on the rational people in the public sector in which I work.
I also tolerate those who believe in santa clause and the easter bunny.