Athiests are not only not given any respect but they are generally looked down upon by the entire global religious community. When a human being is taught a religion, especially through his/her adolescent years, it becomes much much more than just a belief in a philosophy or a way of life. Belief in a religious doctrine becomes survival in many aspects. These believers almost never change beliefs which accounts for just about everyone on the planet. Even the Athiests themselves are largely not what they think they are or would like to be. i.e. "There are no Athiests in fox holes."
Once you've learned just how effective a full blown religious belief is in keepng it's subject believing no matter what, even faced with flat out proof to the contrary, you'll understand why anyone believing less than our subject, will indeed be looked at with pity and distain.
I'm no Athiest simply because I don't know the answeres to all these religious questions any more than you, however, being sane as opposed to most believers I possess the ability to analyze a given question and effect a logical, and factual answer as far as my knowledge will allow. This beats the hell our of "It's not for us to know my son", or "Have faith" and a number of other cockamamie blow off's.
Right off the top of my head I can give you 100 logical and factual reasons why there is no god as most of us precieve one. Genesis could not have happened, and Jesus was most likely a con man looking for an easy life. None of your reasonings hold water or even make sense but you don't even want to listen to me do you? As a matter of fact, by now you probably don't like me and many of you think I'm a lost misguided sole don't you?
There's the answer to the original question...