But in this case public atheist and physicist, Prof. Laurence Krauss, gets my applause.
Professor Lawrence Krauss said he had been shocked when taking part at a debate hosted by an Islamic group at a leading British university to find that men and women were segregated.
The professor, a leading physicist and prominent atheist, threatened to walk out unless organisers agreed to let men and women sit together, which was eventually agreed - but was then astonished to find himself being accused of intolerance by angry members of the audience.
I applaud Prof. Krauss' stance, but would point out that he dropped his molasses jug here:
A woman who spoke in the debate said she was uncomfortable sitting among men.
Professor Krauss said he told her that he respected her feelings but added: "You are in a public arena and not in a mosque, not in a private event."
Why on earth did he respect her feelings?