Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson recently confirmed himself as agnostic and distanced himself from atheism. Whilst I respect his position, centred on the fact he concentrates his time as a scientist and an educator, I found it somewhat careless to equate atheism to discussions on "not-skiing" or "non-golfing".
If the majority of human beings spent every day praying to the gods of golf; Waging war based on who's golf swing was the righteous technique; Condemning non-believers of their precious thwack to an eternity of pain, then gatherings of people who understood this to be nonsense would surely be reasonable.
Atheism is indeed a somewhat superfluous label. It shouldn't be necessary to define someone as an "ist" for essentially thinking straight and with reason. Yet, here we are, in an overwhelming minority of human beings. And as such we have a duty to coalesce and discuss the ubiquitous preaching of nonsense and all of the ills that result.
Someone of Neil deGrasse's profile, and a free-thinking scientist, should be more careful when deforming the term atheist simply because he is slightly perturbed of an uninvited label.