An Atheist like Richard Dawkins is an enemy... An Atheist like Penn Gillette who seeks truth can be an ally.
Understanding the difference is a healthy thing.
He knows the diff.
Catholic teaching is that people are judged - at the time of judgment, that is - by what they know/their exposure and the disposition of their beliefs
I have met a lot more Dawkins-ites than Gillette-ites, including the most radical leftist I’ve ever had the displeasure of meeting, who said he thought abortions should be celebrated.