Based on Mendez's opening he may very possibly be a passive atheist. No way to know for sure, though.
Atheists, agnostics...or people perceived as non-believers have been subjected to persecution, torture, death for centuries and centuries at the hands of people determined physically and mentally force god down people's throats. Like despots, dictators, etc...for so many religions...control is the name of the game.
And don't equate atheism to tyrants like Stalin. He, and others in history like him were a murdering psychopaths...you know, pretty much like religious leaders during the inquisition...and other periods...around the world...and it still goes on.
Talk about hypocrisy...open your eyes...get honest about the horrific costs perpetrated on humanity in the name of god and/or religion.
Is it a fact that my phone isn't going to come to life and try to bite me? Is it a fact that when I pluck a properly tuned low E string on my guitar, it will always play a low E and not suddenly emit a middle C? Is it a fact that when I go to sleep tonight with five toes on my right foot, I will not wake up with a sixth tomorrow? Sure, these all fall into the realm of things you cannot know for 100% certainty without an infinite data sample, but at some point, 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% probability has to be enough to call it a fact. Complete lack of any evidence gives us such a probability. So what say you, are the invisible gorilla, the hungry phone, the tonedeaf guitar, and the extra toe precluded by fact, or mere assumption?
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
"The most vigorous form of secular humanism in the world today seems to be Marxist humanism...Marxist humanism rejects theistic hypocrisy..."
Kurtz, Paul - IN DEFENSE OF SECULAR HUMANISM, (Buffalo: Prometheus Press, 1983) p. 136
Making up things that can't be proven, then claiming they're fact because they can't be disproven, is weak and a detriment to our society. Politicians' #1 loyalty should be to their constituents, not their imaginary friends.