The San Francisco Gate did a man-on-the-street bit around the question:
The results were overwhelmingly positive – perhaps my clan of 4-and-one-to-be should pick up stakes and move West?
In addition to the general acceptance, even encouragement of atheism, there was one negative:
Julie Haas, San Francisco
Yes, because if you don’t believe in anything, you will believe anything, and that’s a scary way to govern.
Let’s overlook dear Julie’s illogical bastardization of “If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for everything” and move right along. Plus, I’m pretty sure Osama bin Laden believes in his own god and I don’t see myself asking him to even run my neighborhood HOA (it’s bad enough paying monthly dues, but having to beat my wife for walking down the sidewalk alone is just too much, even for an immoral and evil atheist like myself).
And, finally, given that it is San Francisco, there’s one comment that borders on looney:
Dianne Boate, San Francisco
Well, God is crying, and I can’t stand it. All that work for nothing — trees and flowers, oceans, lakes and rivers, to say nothing of the stars; not even a proper “thank you.” The atheists can scurry for proof, but this kind of press coverage tells me they don’t know even what they are looking for.
OK, so maybe we’ll just stay put right where we are.