A recent survey from the USA concerning interracial relationships has some interesting results: On one hand, bigotry is on the decline, while on the other it seems that it's whites that are still the most bigoted against everyone else. However, guess who everyone hates the most regardless of race?
If you said "gays" then you're wrong; the number one type Americans wouldn't like to have in their family is the type that does not believe in god. That is, the atheist, or the severely agnostic.
Not that Australia seems different. I clearly remember a woman from a neighboring office cubicle making some comments on how stupid atheists are (I also remember her expression when I told her I'm one), and I remember how a new work team member said some pretty nasty things about the USA while attributing them all to be due to them being "godless heathens", of all things (and no, he wasn't joking; his following words made that very clear).
It is this generic antagonism towards atheism that caused me great surprise when I saw big signs at a Readings book shop saying that Readings is sponsoring Melbourne's upcoming atheists' convention. They sure are brave!