The first Amendment to the Bill of Rights – namely, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” – was written with the intent that lawmakers shall not mandate observance of Anglicanism, nor levy taxes to subsidize that nor any other peculiar order. The first Amendment does not say, “Congress shall pass laws respecting the observance of the religion of atheism”, which, I might add, is a much longer standing tradition than Christianity or it’s predecessor, Judaism. Atheism goes back to the days of Noah, before the flood when men were rejecting God and apostatizing in the name of humanism (among other isms).
When the Atheist[s] suggest that we should remove the US motto – namely, “In God We Trust” – from our currency, the case, at least the most recent appeal, has been made on the grounds of discrimination of religion. The man (I forgot his name) representing his own case said that having “God” inscribed on money violates his religion in which he believes there is no God. Otherwise, he could not make a case under the first Amendment. Because the first Amendment protects freedom of religion not freedom of un-religion. So atheism, to counter a possible objection, notwithstanding its requiring faith as any other doctrine, ideology or religion, is categorized as such ( i.e., religion) by the atheist in this case. For the record.