Not preferring someone in an election does not equal "hate". The constitution states that the government may not establish a religion nor prohibit the free exercise of one. When people want Christmas trees in public places it's contended by atheists. Other than that, Americans don't give atheists much thought much less "hate". ~ and I live in a very religious area of the country. It doesn't help the atheists much when debating religion, they often reduce people's beliefs to either a mental deficiency or an emotional/mental disorder. I have many atheist friends/family members and it is a non-issue. I don't think my experience is very unique.