I think the fact it was in the US probably makes a big difference - being religious there is pretty much the default position, so its what "ordinary Americans" tend to be. So Americans who are not "communists or atheists" would generally count themselves as religious. But in the UK it's different, since we've moved away from it being the default, and most people (religious or not) consider it straightforward to be a good moral kind person for reasons that aren't connected to religion.
We have Christodelpian Neighbours - he's an elder in the church, she does good 'works' both are fine examples of the most selfish, self centred unpleasant people you could hope to meet and make terrible neighbours for a lot of different reasons.
I'd rather have my old, lovely neighbours who were charming, helpful and supportive without bothering God.
As an american, married to a british atheist, I have to say Nancy is correct. My husband says he is atheist - he gets looked at as if he's the great satan himself. Same if you say you believe in socialised healthcare - you are a communo-fascist terrorist. And if you are an american who doesn't fly the flag - god help you.
And its getting worse here, the Tea Party twats are shifting the republican party to the far right wing, its frightening.
I would say no. I lived next door to a very weirdly religious family when I was growing up. The daughter committed suicide aged 16 - her funeral programme proclaimed her an innocent virgin untouched by Satan FFS - and a year later the son went away to University and never contacted his parents again. Two years later the Mother died and her husband told my DM that he was looking for another wife with whom to have another family with - for Jesus.
Totally fecked up. Fortunately he is still on his own (now in his 70's) and hasn't procreated any more children damaged by his warped religious beliefs. And his son still hasn't been in touch.
"Christian policy is to treat others as you would be treated yourself."
Unless the individual Christian (/other religious person) also believes that those who don't believe what members of their religion believe "need encouragement" and require their offspring to believe as they do (both aspects that I consider close to mind control) !
only 2 of 7 neighbours are openly religious (ie Church on Sunday) and the other 6 might be religious but if they leave in their cars are not necessarily visible doing so (for all I know some of the people who go out could be going shopping, none of the others seem to have fixed outbound/return times that I have noticed.