Gay marriage is a useful marker. It’s an issue that’s rather orthogonal to atheism, but we can still use it as a parameter to help us identify our allies (it is not, of course, a perfect or even entirely sufficient marker, but it’s still kind of cool to see how it splits the country into the the America I want to live in and the America I hope to see in the dustbin of history). Here’s a poll on legalizing gay marriage that breaks respondents down into various categories.
The proponents of Bad America: the Tea Party and religious-values Republicans.
The vanguard of Good America: Urban liberals and the agnostic left.
Maybe I should flip my metrics around. The real marker for regressive, bad ol’ Americans is their conflation of God and country.