O'Connor, Good Country People: A difference of indifference
The girl looked at him almost tenderly. "You poor baby," she murmured. "It's just as well you don't understand," and she pulled him by the neck, face-down, against her. "We are all damned," she said, "but some of us have taken off our blindfolds and see that there's nothing to see. It's a kind of salvation."
Even though Hulga and the boy share atheistic beliefs, it seems like Hulga actually tries to convert the boy (before she knows the truth), suggesting that she sees value in atheism, whereas the boy seems like he couldn't care less one way or the other.