Continuing the conversation from Comments on Does Coyne Need to Apologize to Eddie?.
So, I agree with @Faizal_Ali that in many cases, Christians in the US seem to exaggerate when they claim they are oppressed, especially compared to the many Christians around the world living in countries genuinely hostile to Christianity. That being said, I can offer an explanation for a certain case which is understandable. Christianity is still a powerful cultural force in many parts of the US (e.g. the Bible Belt), but not so much in secular academia. The majority of people in academia (apart from those in Christian colleges) are not evangelical Christians. In addition, a lot of these universities are located in areas of the US which are not very religious (such as the Northeast).
But a lot of the important conversations about science, theology, and society are going on within that context. Among some Christians in academia, there’s definitely a sense of social pressure that one’s religious beliefs have to be hidden when personally interacting with colleagues in a secular setting, which leads to the sense of Christians being oppressed.
It is similar to atheists having to hide their atheism when talking to members of their family who expect them to be religious, yet they are not. In this case, there is often a perceived presumption in academia that everyone is not religious, yet actually one is religious. @Faizal_Ali, I hope that you can at least sympathize for this case.