I was writing for the US readers who might not have experienced life without religion everywhere. Having visited the US for work and holidays a few times it makes a stark contrast to Australia which has very little bias against atheists.
For those not living in Australia it probably needs pointing out that associations with religion when you are in the public spotlight are generally viewed in a very negative way over here. A bit like being an atheist in the USA, the bulk of the population simply won't really trust what you say once they find out you are an atheist. Australians will tolerate religion however if there is any suspicion it is motivating or driving your viewpoints it really turns people off.
A year and a half after Prime Minister Rudd the pious was angling for extra god points from the former supporters of PM Saint John and you think the public don't accept religious agendas? Even the atheist PM we have now kow-towed to religious pressure, citing the alleged Judeo-Christian values of our society as reason for her failing to support a push for equality in marriage law.
The Australian public view all public figures in a negative light, and I agree that some folks, particularly among the lobbying bodies, are trying to keep their religious policies covert, but I don't think the voting public are averse to religion in their public figures yet. Your circle of friends and acquaintances might not buy religious agendas, but there are still lots of votes in the religious sector and our politicians regularly play to that.
However it's nothing like the overt religion in the USA.
Your initial post on the matter reads very differently to how you characterised it in your response to my post.
I agree that Australia is less rabidly religious than the USA, but without a constitutional separation between church and state, I think we have the bum end of the deal in terms of religious influence and its acceptance.
I have been spat on and yelled at for wearing a shirt with the word atheist on it, and had my car vandalised for having the temerity to defend my position in an argument. Death threats and lots of reminders of my alleged eternal damnation have been the reward for my efforts in debates and online arguments. I think the degree to which an atheist experiences grief for their atheism in Australia depends on the extent to which their atheism is known to others. Gillard doesn't hide it, but doesn't go against the wishes of religious lobbyists, and still she receives censure from religious adherents for being godless, unmarried and childless.
While it is nothing like overt religion in the USA, religion is still widespread and accepted here, and we have no legal recourse to dispute it when it starts to meddle.