Much has been written about atheism and atheists. Most work would improve with greater details about contemporary atheists in the news.
For example, an atheist has litigated against the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Many atheists and socialists object to the Pledge of Allegiance only because of the phrase "under God." Many atheists and socialists enjoy the court case of Minersville School District v. Gobitis, 310 U.S. 586 (1940) and the Barnette case from the U.S. Supreme Court because those cases led to the holding that no one can be compelled to recite the pledge of allegiance. http://rexcurry.net/super%20kids.jpg
Yet, the documentarian Dr. Rex Curry (author of "Pledge of Allegiance Secrets") has pointed out that when Billy Gobitas and Lillian Gobitas (Gobitas was the actual spelling of their name) refused to say the pledge, it was 1935 and the phrase "under God" was not in the pledge and the pledge used America's outstretched arm salute (it was the origin of the salute adopted by the National Socialist German Workers’ Party salute), and the Gobitas children refused to pledge because they were Jehovah’s Witnesses and they believed that the pledge and salute, which were created by a socialist, glorified government. http://rexcurry.net/edward%20bellamy.jpg
People similar to the Gobitas kids were being persecuted in Germany and the United States at the same time.
Many atheists and socialists would be happy to merely remove "under God" from the pledge and return to the conditions that the Gobitas children fought. To learn more see http://rexcurry.net/pledge1.html
Some atheists seem intellectually dishonest in droning on about the two-word deification in the pledge, while ignoring everything else about it.
That is because many atheists are also socialists.
Even though religion has killed many, it does not come close to the worst murders ever committed in the socialist Wholecaust (of which the Holocaust was a part): ~60 million killed under the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; ~50 million under the Peoples's Republic of China; ~20 million under the National Socialist German Workers' Party. http:/
also see http://boards.history.com/topic/French-Revolution/Socialist-Wholecaust-Caused/100033671
They attempted to move-away from, or de-emphasize religion. The leader of the NSGWP turned the Hakenkreuz into alphabetic symbolism. The symbol was used to represent meshed S-letters for the deadly dogma of "socialism." http://ftp.ij.net/rex/swastikanews.html