True religion is based upon one's personal relationship with his God, love, forgiveness & living his faith. Many atheists feel left out & hate that, so they project their hate upon those of faith.
A real Atheist, lives and lets live, however, the others are a fringe breed, ...loud & supported by various political groups who hate Conservative POVs. Their underlying motto? Eliminate God, then sin or right/wrong doesn't exist. This is the subtext of their actions. They are their own gods. They can love, hate, destroy and try to get enough signatures on a petition to get it into law.
So it goes, IMHO, WAY beyond Atheists but the GROUPS who stir hate USING some Atheists & who want to divide this nation of ours and b/c many religious ppl are NOT speaking up, they're getting away with it!
Being a Jew, Jesus didn't put up with that behavior. An example was when he whipped the crap out of the money changers in the temple. He not only spoke up, he acted and believed so much in his God that he even died for his faith.
My religion, sadly has become a mere shadow of what I remember it was and still could be.
Seriously, many Christians during the Roman occupation were glad to be fed to the lions! No comparison to the Kool Aid preaching I myself have become saddened by today.
Don't worry! There is an afterlife, right? Just imagine those Atheists scratching their spirit heads wondering what happened. lol
In His time, this will all be worked out. In the meantime we have a peace that passe ALL human understanding and only that peace can come from a God Who loves ALL His children. It's kind of funny, really. Hope this helps.