Louisiana pastor Jerry DeWitt unexpectedly became an atheist celebrity when he lost his faith.
An apostate and an atheist, she has rejected Islam as her personal creed, and she calls on Muslims, effectively, to do the same.
That mentality is what some atheist thinkers believe quietly promotes magical thinking, condoning it via liberal tolerance.
1570s, from French athéiste (16c.), from Greek atheos "without god, denying the gods; abandoned of the gods; godless, ungodly," from a- "without" + theos "a god" (see Thea).
The existence of a world without God seems to me less absurd than the presence of a God, existing in all his perfection, creating an imperfect man in order to make him run the risk of Hell. [Armand Salacrou, "Certitudes et incertitudes," 1943]