This is actually my own original thought that stemmed from an article a friend of mine posted on Facebook concerning some Evangelical-like Atheist billboards that are apparently going up in the Metro-New Jersey/New York area.
My comment was this:
Flannery O'Connor, the Southern writer, in an interview once was asked if she thought the South, which is notorious for being a hotbed of religion and piety, was "Christ Centered." Her response was, "No, I believe the South is actually Christ haunted." I think the same is true of the New Atheist crowd like this article is talking about. They are not really centered in not believing in God, they are still God haunted on some level but just can't let the notion go.