Oh there is definitely a rise in religious fascism. It seems that they have set their sights back on abortion/sexual issues. Here's some frightening examples just in the last month or so:
This is a preposterous anti-Planned Parenthood ad:
These things are not about protecting us. They are all about controlling us. They've worked over the past couple of decades to try and control our speech and our minds in general, now they want to control our bodies even more. If it can start with these laws, pending they pass, then where will it end?
Go to the Netherlands, the people are almost the same as Germans (but don't tell them that) it's one of the most multi cultural countries in the world, especially our capitol Amsterdam, and nearly everybody speaks English. Not just my generation, but also those of my parents and even grandparents.
Oh, and we've got great beer and weed!
We have incredibly low unemployment at the moment and there are quite a few jobs available for people that do not speak Dutch, although the picking is more limited then for those that do. Amsterdam has more nationalities (registered) then any other capitol in the world, the atmosphere is quite cosmopolitan and laid back.
We tend to be relatively liberal in our politics and religion is very much a part of people's personal lives. We don't really approve of people professing their beliefs in public, neither do we approve of criticizing people's belief in public. In private however this is a completely different matter.
I've heard from several sources that we Dutchies can be quite direct rude and offensive, I would say that we are outspoken and appreciate truthfulness.
Any medium to large city on the west coast or the northeast could be considered "atheist friendly". Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, D.C., Boston, and New York City have pretty large atheist communities.
As far as countries go, any country with a good education system will have a large amount of atheists.