I‘m just going to pass along this brief anecdote from The Amiable Atheist:
In Germany you are required to register in each town you live in.
One of the things they ask you is your religion.
They asked my boyfriend, and he told them he was atheist.
The woman wrote “VD”, and he asked, “What does that stand for?”
She replied “verschieden denkend”, which means different thinking.
“No,” he said, “normal denkend” (normal thinking).