From the IAmAnAtheist.com comment form:
I an a 15 and grew up in a atheist family. Even though I am atheist I am VERY openminded, unlike many religous people, they always seem to asume that because I am an atheist I am a horrible person. Just last month I went to my young cousins 1st grade graduation at a Catholic school. People there where nice, but when they asked me what church I went to, I was honest and told them i was atheist. They gave me dirty looks and avoided me after that.
I hear plenty of stories like this — children who are banned from playing with atheist classmates, workers who are reported to HR for responding to religious sentiment in a non-religious way, etc. — and they always depress me. The only bright spot is that the vast majority of these stories seem to come from certain areas of the U.S. where intolerance for those who are not Christian is high. That gives me hope that things can change, and that this kind of bigotry isn’t universal.
Personally, I think that the best thing we can do is try and show people that atheists can be decent, friendly, moral people. Some may have their mind changed by your good example. Others are bigots who will not change their mind no matter how much evidence they are confronted with.
If any of my readers have a story to share of anti-atheist intolerance and how you dealt with it, I’d adore you for sharing!