This reaffirms the argument I make that 'atheism' is a lot broader than people tend to think. It is merely the lack of belief in any deities and that there's a whole spectrum of people out there who are atheists, whether they choose to use the label or not. Instead people tend to view the Dawkins/Hitchens like stereotype, whether it be in a positive, "we're rational thinkers, the scientifically minded and those don't fool for woo" way or the derogative, "you're a bunch of intolerant tools who want to pick on religion". Heck, it would seem strange to some that atheists could be religious, but think, how many Buddhists (and I don't just mean philsophical Buddhists like me, I mean those who listen to the woo) are actually atheists? It's big contrast, but Buddhism is a religion that requires no deities and there are those who do not believe in any, which would make them by defintion, atheists, but I don't imagine them picking up 'The God Delusion'.
Though, I am sure it would be great to group up with like minded folk, I consider myself lucky in this respect as many friends are like minded, at least, like minded enough to have an intelligent conversation where we're not face-palming each other.
I guess, one can only persevere, who knows what kind of people you do end up meeting.