I have no choice, but to disagree with you. I am an atheist. I do not believe in a god, but if science ever gives me a shred of evidence that would say otherwise then I would gladly agree with you. However, there are too many different ideas on creation, and I will not lie and say that I know for sure which one is fact. I do not believe in a super power or higher power (deity) so therefore by definition I do not have a "religion". I do not have a need to attend an atheist "church" because I do not need a building to discuss anything that has to do with my thoughts on creation. Anytime you have a different idea than someone else then technically you are competing with the other persons idea because you both think that you are correct at the basis of the conversation that may be happening.<quoted text>
My answer is and has been, it is case by case. I honestly don't get why you'd want to have this disagreement with me. In the case of the Atheist I read here. They are a religious group, with fundamentalist traits. If you read there post, I am amazed you don't see it. atheist with no religious faith wouldn't see any need to compete with other's idea. If you too frequently ponder The Universe kick started on it's own with no intelligent design you have a belief. Without gathering or conversation about your belief, you are a non-religious person. More so, if you could not label your belief, and you did not care to start gatherings or discussions about it, or one better, you were against having your belief labeled. Mr Dawkins himself find the claims of these bloggers here wrong. And I don't think he says that for others to have a Tax exemption.
I don't see anything wrong with someone wanting to discuss their beliefs. The biggest problem that I have is that the religious people on here want to push that word "belief" as though it is some sort of religious word. I have no reason to believe that science has got the correct theory as to how the earth was created so far. Science has yet to fail us in any important endeavor to date. I disagree with many things in the bible, and I can't stand for someone to say that it is the correct book written by the correct god because that is a false statement and also one that cannot be proven. I also do not understand the need for religious people to come on here and talk about Richard Dawkins as though he is some sort of end all be all of atheism. He is not the "leader" of atheists... he is simply someone who speaks his mind in a very public and brash manner. This does not however mean that every atheist agrees with everything he says. He is just another person in this world who is attempting to get people to think instead of follow what everyone else says.