‘Fatwa envy’ is a phrase coined by PZ Meyers. (He’s sort of misusing the term ‘fatwa’ here, but anyway…) It describes the pecular phenomenom of Christians who, upon being ‘insulted’ by amoral atheists, will immediately say something along the lines of ‘You’d never dare say that about Islam/Muslims!’
This comes across as more than a little bit odd to any actual atheists, as we certaintly don’t have any more regard for Islam than we do for Christianity – in fact, many of us view Islam as far worse than Christianity. The reason we don’t talk about it as much is that most of us online live in Europe, Australia or the USA, where Christianity is generally the dominant religion, not because we’re afraid of upsetting Muslims.
Fatwa envy is quite revealing though, in that it’s a manifestation of the (usually) unspoken assumption that atheists are always strongly liberal, and that those who are strongly liberal adore Islam on the grounds of political correctness. Neither is the case. Atheists come from a diverse range of political backgrounds and, whle they do tend to be more liberal in their outlook on many issues, they also seem much more willing to be ‘liberal’ on some issues while being ‘conservative’ on others; as usual, strict dichotomies are too broad to adequately categorize our political viewpoints.
To put it bluntly, I’m willing to be just as disrespectful towards Islam as I am towards Christianity. Just in case you were wondering.