bro4bro saidI recognize that atheism is itself based on faith, and some of its adherents are every bit as zealous as the most fanatical religious wackos.
As individuals I have no problem with atheists unless they mock me or look down on me for not "joining their side".
As an institutionalized group and a political force I despise atheists for attempting to eradicate all traces of religion from our culture - because a huge portion of our art, literature, and culture have their foundation in religion.
1. No, atheism isn't based on faith. It exists outside the entire spectrum of faith. It has no use for faith. This is a common mistake made by people who believe in God; they generally cast atheism as the opposite of religion; in fact, it has no reference to it.
2. The atheists I know, and I personally, don't regard there as being "sides" and as I said in the original post, it doesn't annoy me that people believe. I want the same courtesy extended to me; it seldom is.
3. I suppose there are people who want the eradication of religion from the culture, but when people say things like you have, they generally mean that they object to atheists wanting God out of the Pledge of Allegiance or official school functions or courtrooms. This is appropriate in our secular democracy; have all the Christmas trees you want, but not on public land and not funded by people who may be Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, or atheist.