I am a Catholic living in Germany. Our parish is pretty much on the progressive side of German catholicism, in fact it's so progressive that some U.S. folks would denounce it as being close to communism.
Public opinion in Germany is not openly hostile towards religion but religious people are often viewed as somewhat retarded.
I think, ideology can be religious but it can also be secular. I find most of the atheist convictions lack foundation just as much as the religious ones do.
Nothingness is not conceivable nor is God. Both "concepts" may actually mean the same if God is stripped from "his" many attributes assigned to "him" during religious history. If God is to be found anywhere, then it would be within ourselves, within our neigbor, and within our fellow creatures, the animals. But to believe in no God is just as much a belief than believing in God.
Accordingly, I find a climate where you are virtually forced to pay lip service to God pretty repellent, even though I know that my feeling is owed to my different cultural upbringing as a European. I'd rather like people not to be explicit about their believes, according to Exodus 20:4: "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above...". In my view, believers who try to teach other people the truth, are liars, no matter if they are Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, or atheists.