Funny. I grew up in a small town. Religion simply was not something people discussed there - and there were a handful of Wiccans. Not a one was ostracized for their beliefs. The worst they got was a couple of witch-burning jokes from me.
If you don't want something that's deeply painful examined, then don't bring it up. I don't share some of my deeply personal, deeply painful stories with complete strangers to make a point whilst arguing on the Internet, at least not without some manner of disclaimer.
It's not ad hominem - see, I'm not attacking you, I'm attacking your point. I want you to prove that you're simply not making this up. Otherwise, how can I trust what you have to say? You've certainly never before done me that courtesy.
You insulting me by calling me a jackass? That's an ad hominem attack. Me saying there might be another reason beyond your religion that you're passed over for employment? Not an ad hominem attack. Hell's bells, unemployment's pretty friggin' high. Lots of people are having trouble finding work.
... Okay, so my suggesting you have a persecution complex is an ad hominem attack. My bad.
No, no, I still don't care to insult you - if you find insult, you're looking for something that simply isn't there. I wish to understand what you are saying and collect the facts to draw my own conclusions. If you're going to play the victim and complain about being attacked because of that, then do not bring points like this up. Find another way to phrase it without making it so intensely personal to you.