I am from a small town called Altoona, in central Fl. The population here is less than one thousand and there are four churches.
My religious status on Facebook has been Atheist for a couple of years now, but I am constantly supprised when FB friends tell me they never knew I was "without god." Do people really not ever look my facebook page, or are they just in denial? I think a lot of people don't bother looking/asking becuase they naturally assume everyone is Christian, which drives me mad.
One of my former friends came to the conslusion that I was crazy after finding out I was an Atheist and, heaven forbid, believed in evolution. It was quite funny; his argument for my insanity and the fact that he'd known me for a while and never saw the ever so obvious "atheist" icon on my profile. C'est la vie.
I really don't feel any sadness for loosing friends over religion because it's their problem for being so narrowminded, not mine.
Yes, they do assume that everyone is a Christian. That's why the question is never, "Do you go to church?" but "Where do you go to church?"