We skeptics have our grievances. If we ran for office few would vote for us, polls indicate. We are viewed as being untrustworthy and without moral standards.
In truth, we have it pretty good. Most of us in the Western World live in countries where we can reveal our lack of belief and not be jailed or killed.
Lately, it has become the style for some Christians to say it is they, not atheists, who live in a hostile environment. Recently, the Family Research Council released with much fanfare a 135 page report alleging 600 examples over the last ten years of hostility toward religion.
Among the 600 were a few cases where religious people were wrongfully denied their rights in some way. These mistakes were often corrected by a court or by public pressure. They should not, of course, have happened in the first place.
However, a large number of the 600 examples were where officials, citizens or students wanted to display Christian messages or recite Christian prayers in government places or at government events. To be criticized for this does not, in my view, rise to what should be called “hostility”.
Real hostility would be hate crimes against Christians. Something like 2/3rds of religious hate crimes are committed against Jews, not Christians. Gay and transgendered people are hate crime victims more often than all religious people combined.
Christian groups like the Family Research Council are now claiming to be victims. So is the Catholic hierarchy with its Liberty Restoration Amendments.
Both atheists and Christians have it pretty good in the U. S.