If you really think about it there are fanatics on both sides. Religion is really only
a group of people believing in a certain way. Atheism to me is the same way
my beliefs and the right to them. I like to live my life with my own beliefs
so I do not begrudge anyone else in their beliefs.
"Say Atheism WAS a religion in of itself"
We shouldn't progress down this path of argumentation because it's defeataism at its utmost. You are saying that "say there's something which is real which isn't really real". It's like you don't want to admit that you truly are an atheist. That must necessitate something else than reality having an impact, which necessitates the study of something else than realism. Realism is a belief in what we can observe (science). Insanity is a belief in what we cannot observe (pseudoscience). Let's not legitimize the latter by tarnishing the former, we don't need to needlessly defend it.
Ah I see your point. To be honest, I was refering to a comic I had read earlier today which made a good point (and a slight chuckle)
That's pretty hilarious, nothing like comedy pointing out hypocrisy.
Defending religion is a bit of a Sisyphean task - I just want to make sure you actually want it. ;)
I think your reply was a good one. Calling atheism a religion is just another way of claiming that we have the burden of proving god doesn't exist. Pointing out that the religious can't prove that other people's gods don't exist is a good way to de-bunk that idea.
(Though I should add with regard to the cartoon that the Muslims believe that their god is the same as the Christian god--they just believe different things about Jesus and Mohammed. It is good to know this beforehand in case some educated Christian happens to bring it up. Though in my experience even the educated ones seem totally unaware of this.)
I don't think of Atheism as a religion. I think of it as a non-belief in a supreme spiritual being, or any spiritual being for that matter. If I categorized every belief I have as a religion, my belief that the Earth is round, that my saxophone is made of brass, or that when I die there nothing after that moment for me as an individual, and all similar beliefs would become religions, and I don't think that's very rational. I prefer to answer "none" when asked which religion I follow. In fact, I'm anti-religion in so many ways, why would I want someone to tag me as being religious because I don't believe in something?
Just my two cents...
Here's some of my take on it:
It is suggested by many people that atheism is a religion. Before we can examine why atheism is sometimes defined as a belief, it is important to understand who defines it as such. Rarely, if ever, will you find another atheist, agnostic, freethinker, humanist, secularist, etc., putting the definition of religion in the context of atheism. Almost without exception, it is the religious who do so. The reason is simple. The religious are are so caught up in their own beliefs that imagining another person without having any religious beliefs is largely incomprehensible. Those who claim that atheism is a religion do not only lack a clear understanding of what atheism is, they also tend to use religious terms to describe atheism.