I am currently in graduate school and was taking a class called "Wellness in Counseling". As part of the class we had to take a Wellness Inventory to see where our wellness was. Along with Social Well Being, Physical Well Being, Spirituality is measured. My professor explained that you do not have to be religious to be spiritual (so I took her word for it).
So I took this inventory and was astounded by the questions they asked about spirituality and what makes one well in regards to spirituality. On a Lickert scale from Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, and Strongly Disagree, they wanted to know if you believed in "god" or a higher power. Obviously being an Atheist, this would be Strongly Disagree. Along with this question there were many others that implied religion as part of spirituality. So I disagreed with this inventory. I was given an average wellness of 78.9 our of 100. My spirituality was 35.
In the next class we discussed about what we thought about this inventory. People were raving about it, and I spoke up about how I thought that this inventory assumed that those that were taking it were religious and that having religion means being more well. I stated that I am an atheist and the questions that regarded a higher power, prayer, etc do not apply to me, but I do not see it as being unwell. I had made a valid point, but looking around the room, I was given glares of death. I was an atheist and to many of the people in the class, that was completely wrong, and my point did not apply to them, so it was disregarded.
I don't talk much about being an atheist and I don't parade around to everyone I met saying "Hi my name is Leslie and I am an atheist", but based on the reactions I received, I can see how many are afraid to state their non-belief. I have decided that I need to stand up and say things like I did in this class because other atheists may be afraid to say anything, but people also need to realize that not everyone believes in religion.