The Christ went to the toilet, eat food, lived in a home (sometimes) and did normal things like most people initially.
An atheist is a human being with a body and Soul. Just like you and me. You are such a nice guy, Dwight. Do not get caught up in this crazy mental world of some I know. Spirituality has always been the language of the child; the pure in Heart.
Not for those who separate, divide, isolate or alienate; not for the narrow or inflexible. Chose your friends well. A tree that is well nourished will bear good fruits. Why shouldn't atheists forgive? Why should they not love indeed!
Give them their space, Bro. Let us worry about our own inner state, correct our foibles. This should be more than enough for us. Much Love, my brother.