Again Thank you to all who replied... I refer you back to my original comment made three years ago when this question was originally posted (no idea how it flared up again?)
..... it is very interesting that this disbelieving hoarde should all stand up for the right to religion. But as many have pointed out - It is not peoples belief that we are really addressing but the right to choice.
I worded the question poorly as it implied that I had some internal struggle with this question. I do not...I concur with all posts here.
Thanks to all for your insight. What is refreshing to see is that there is a commitment to reason and human rights among us and not some mob mentally aimed at destroying faith. This post is a great refutation to one of the classic theist responses as to the "purpose" of atheism, in that we are trying to destroy faith. We just do not want it to influence any aspect of decisions made on our behalf and to prevent belief that impinges on our human rights.