How many times have you seen Christians refer to their belief system as a relationship, and go on to exclaim that it is NOT a religion?Oh and as a follow up I have noticed many non believers hide away from the term atheist even though they are without theism. Often they at some point cite negative traits associated with the term atheist that are by the way placed on the term by theists. Or how a theist may perhaps be offended by someone calling themselves an atheist. Why should I care about their bigotry? That is their issue not mine.
Now in the end I could care less if a non believer calls themselves a super awesome reason loving non believing in deities dude/chick. That being said allowing theists to exercise that control over you because of their ill conceived notions is unacceptable to me.
Part of that is just the craziness, but part is a subconscious realization that religion is seen as something to be avoided. Many of these Christians are oddly anti-theistic (anti-religion), even though they clearly follow a religion.
It's often said that anti-theism is a subset of atheism, but it isn't. Many religious people acknowledge the inherent harm of religion, but follow one anyway.
Atheists, when defining themselves, have nothing to justify, nothing to defend, nothing to feel ashamed about...but theists do. On here they are finding out how ill informed they are about atheists. That must be shocking.