Not disagreeing with some of what you say, but expecting people to "convert" to avoid prejudice is no different than expecting a homosexual to "go straight" to avoid prejudice. When someone deeply believes something as part of who they are (Muslim, Christian, Jew), from their perspective, that is NOT a choice, it is deeply what they are. Which, btw, is very similar to how a transgender might feel, despite how they were born, they deeply feel inside different, and that they should be something else. For many, religion is NOT viewed as a choice they can change. I get your technical point... so don't believe that it is lost on me, but it is not practically relevant. IMHO, manifested hate is wrong, and human beings should desire to provide protection from manifested hate based on one's personal characteristics whether it fits your definition of "choice" or not. The reason religion is indeed "special" is that our world has a long and vibrant history of religious persecution, much more prominent than EV owner persecution. I think that compassionate humans over the years saw that, and wanted to protect people.