I'm actually looking for specifics here. Saying you're 'not religious' or an agnostic isn't regarded as being offensive the way saying you're an atheist is. I know that during the cold war, religion was used to root out communists, but at what point in history did the word 'atheist' get associated with something negative?
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An atheist is someone who believes that god doesn't exist and has never existed. It extends to gods of other religions as well.
Atheists disbelieve in all the same "false gods" which theists normally reject, except for the God they've chosen to believe in. The atheist just adds that one additional god to the list of rejected deities.