JimmyH: But there are plenty of other examples, involving other churches, if you don't like the Gallileo one. Try, for instance, saying that you don't believe the Koran - that will get you killed in a fair number of countries.

Galileo did not say at all that he did not believe the bible.

He was as likely as much a believer as anyone else. There is no evidence to the contrary.

Your chosen examples so far all indicate a person who is non-religious in some way being persecuted by religious people. This was not the case with Galileo. It is also not the case with many other religions you could name today.

Anyway I think we can leave it there because there are definitely many examples of what you were actually trying for and this is starting to look pedantic on my part. :p.