Of course, PZ is absolutely right to describe a map claiming to show the density of religious believers in the United States in the following way:
It shows the concentration of ignorant, deluded, wicked, foolish, or oppressed victims of obsolete mythologies in the United States, with the lighter colors being the most enlightened and the dark reds being the most repressed and misinformed.Not surprisingly, his remark was greeted with outrage. After all, his blog is widely read and not just by atheists. Never mind that he was right - some found his words offensive. He did a great job of responding to critics, but he's right that the heart of the response can be distilled to one simply sentence: "I said it because it was true."