The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that atheism held the same standing as religion concerning matters of the first ammendment.Atheism replace religion?
LOL The article's author didn't do his homework.
In the US, "atheism" is defined as a religion by the courts and is entitled to all the Constitutional protections of any other religions.
(Wallace v. Jaffree, 472 U.S. 38 (1985)),
"At one time it was thought that this right [referring to the right to choose ones own creed] merely proscribed the preference of one Christian sect over another, but would not require equal respect for the conscience of the infidel, the atheist, or the adherent of a non-Christian faith such as Islam or Judaism. But when the underlying principle has been examined in the crucible of litigation, the Court has unambiguously concluded that the individual freedom of conscience protected by the First Amendment embraces the right to select any religious faith or none at all."