The fact that a sibling comment is using a derogatory term for people practicing their faith is testament to the increasing intolerance. I'm atheist myself, but many people I know in Seattle and SF have no problem talking about Christians in ways that would never talk about someone who is Jewish or Muslim. Bigotry comes in all flavors, even the bigotry you agree with.
Having lived in the deep South, I find Seattle and San Francisco to be as intolerant as the deep South. These places just differ in who is the recipient of their bigotry.