Just as no unbeliever may be barred from federal service for his atheism, no true believer may be excluded for his abiding faith.
She is not public about her atheism, just as many of us are not public about our faith.
atheism is highest in Europe, where there are established churches involved in the political process.
1580s, from French athéisme (16c.), from Greek atheos "without god" (see atheist). A slightly earlier form is represented by atheonism (1530s) which is perhaps from Italian atheo "atheist." Ancient Greek atheotes meant "ungodliness."
Denial that there is a God. (Compare agnosticism.)