I got that statement today.
I was having a discussion with my aunt, and we were talking about divorced parents (we both have this in our immediate families), and it worked its way to the how religious the families were, and thus to the bible.
Thats when I uttered the phrase "Thats why I'm an Atheist."
I actually was going to say that I just wasn't Christian, but atheist just cam out instead.
Her initial reaction was a bit of a smirk, to which I almost began to defend myself, but then she kind warmed up to uit in a matter of seconds and just started talking about what she believes. She went on a tangent about how she doesn't like the Church, but believes that if this is it, then why live, so there must be a spirit or god of some sort of there.
Then she started talking about what Atheism is.
Now, for starters, we are to relativily different personalities. She is very outgoing, she doesn't quite appreciate knowledge the way I do. (She's not stupid, but she doesn't like to sit and read a good historically accurate novel like I do, get what I'm saying?)
She went of about how faitrh has its place in teaching children morals and how to live a good life and what not, and that its about community, and If I say I'm an Atheist, I don't believe in community.
This is when I interjected. I didn't want to go off about all the things of researched and books I've read and what I know and believe, but now it was inevitable.
I tokld that Atheism is simply the lack of belief in gods. Thats what I believe. No gods.
She said that Atheism can meam a lot of things to a lot of people, that I shouldn't call myslef an Atheist because people may take the wrong way.
I didn't go off on her like I wanted, of would have had it been someone from school, or even a teacher, but doesn't this just piss of you (as an Atheist) too? I'm not a militant Atheist, or some sort of out of control Atheist Anarchist thats wants to murder all the religious around the globe. I just don't think that there is a God.
I had to get this up here, because as an Atheist community, we obviously believe in community and that we aren't sopme bunch of nut jobs. We're just regular people, that don't believe that there is anything after this life, or beyond the universe in some way.