Yes, thank you, you put it into words. Now reread what you wrote after considering this statement. Which has been a grand part of my point here, perhaps not in regards to post directed at you, therefore it is fair to assume, you may not have read them.<quoted text>
It turns out that the word atheism means much less than I had thought. It is merely the lack of theism.
Basic atheism is not a belief. It is the lack of belief. There is a difference between believing there is no god and not believing there is a god--both are atheistic, though popular usage has ignored the latter.
[Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist, p. 99.
Freedom From Religion Foundation, 1992.]
The word "atheism," however, has in this contention to be construed unusally. Whereas nowadays the usual meaning of "atheist" in English is "someone who asserts there is no such being as God," I want the word to be understood not positively but negatively. I want the originally Greek prefix "a" to be read in the same way in "atheist" as it customarily is read in such other Greco-English words as "amoral," "atypical," and "asymmetrical." In this interpretation an atheist becomes: someone who is simply not a theist. Let us, for future ready reference, introduce the labels "positive atheist" for the former and "negative atheist" for the latter.
[Antony G.N. Flew and Paul Edwards, God, Freedom, and Immortality p. 14.
If you look up "atheism" in the dictionary, you will probably find it defined as the belief that there is no God. Certainly many people understand atheism in this way. Yet many atheists do not, and this is not what the term means if one considers it from the point of view of its Greek roots. In Greek "a" means "without" or "not" and "theos" means "god." From this standpoint an atheist would simply be someone without a belief in God, not necessarily someone who believes that God does not exist. According to its Greek roots, then, atheism is a negative view, characterized by the absence of belief in God.
NOW, you can consider yourself fully educated on the meaning of ATHEIST........No, no, don't thank me, glad I could help.
The statement is. For purposes of seperstaion atheist are those without belief, Atheist are those with. "An atheist does not have to take part in Atheism. With limits an atheist could take part in Atheism, however there does come a point where partaking in Atheism, and atheist does become an Atheist."
Atheism is when atheist or Atheist come into society and request or demand changes, that are in accordance with their believe. As of the day I am posting this, The American Court system does respect Atheism as a religion. That is a fact. I do respect your disagreement with this fact, however I have no voice in the topic. If I did I would favor the Faith having Atheist, as part of America's Freedom of Religion.
You fail to see my main problem with Atheism is 20th and 21st century "modern societies" have had Atheistic leaning. Which goes beyond me how and atheist or Atheist could dispute this fact. Societies (plural) that do not permit freedom of religion, and freedom of choice that could be heading towards Freedom of Religion. Therefore I would encourage anyone. Not to drink the Atheist koolaid. By all means please spare me the details of the 1st to 20th century. From the eras of about 500bc to 1700, in the life of an average woman she would be raped. The average man would kill someone. These were violent days. The fact churches did as they did, was just part of the neighborhood. I understand a higher standard was expected, but that's just history.