Why isn't Atheism considered a religion? It is by definition. Very important.
Religion- 1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature and purpose of the universe.
2. A specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of people.
3. Something one believes in and follows devotedly.
This defines atheism or any other religion.
Here is the solution for the conflict of the God religion and the non-God religion. The masses need to describe atheism as a religion. There belief how the universe came to be. This is what atheists believe. Give the atheist a place to hang their sign, what ever it might by, next to the God sign, the cross, the Star, Santa Clause, Jesus in the manger, etc . During Xmas/Easter/etc malls, parks, etc allow the atheist to have an equal space.
Like on the hill where there is a cross, let the atheist put up his sign.
What a simple solution. Atheist simply want equal time and space.
Let us assume that you are somewhat upset that anyone could challenge your indoctrination of some "Christian" religion and you wish to impose what you have been taught on the rest of the heathens.
Everyone knows that if anyone does not believe they will "burn in Hell", be burned at the stake, excommunicated, abused by some pedophile priest, or buried in some unholy spot, its O.K. we understand your problem.
Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities.
Atheism is contrasted with theism, which in its most general form is the belief that at least one deity exists.
The term atheism originated from the Greek ἄθεος (atheos), meaning "without god(s)", used as a pejorative term applied to those thought to reject the gods worshipped by the larger society.
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With the spread of free thought, skeptical inquiry, and subsequent increase in criticism of religion, application of the term narrowed in scope. the first individuals to identify themselves using the word "atheist" lived in the 18th century.
Arguments for atheism range from the philosophical to social and historical approaches.
Rationales for not believing in any supernatural deity include the lack of empirical evidence, the problem of evil, the argument from inconsistent revelations, and the argument from nonbelief.
Although some atheists have adopted secular philosophies, there is no one ideology or set of behaviors to which all atheists adhere.
Many atheists hold that atheism is a more parsimonious world view than theism, and therefore the burden of proof lies not on the atheist to disprove the existence of God, but on the theist to provide a rationale for theism.
Atheism is accepted within some religious and spiritual belief systems, includingJainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Raelism, Neopagan movements such as Wicca, and non theistic religions. Jainism and some forms of Buddhism do not advocate belief in gods, whereas Hinduism holds atheism to be valid, but some schools view the path of an atheist to be difficult to follow in matters of spirituality.
Since conceptions of atheism vary, determining how many atheists exist in the world today is difficult
According to one estimate, atheists make up about 2.3% of the world's population, while a further 11.9% are nonreligious.
According to another, rates of self-reported atheism are among the highest in Western nations, again to varying degrees: United States (4%), Italy (7%), Spain (11%), Great Britain (17%), Germany (20%), and France (32%).
According to a 2009 report by the American Religious Identification Survey, people claiming to adhere to "no religion" made up 15% of the population in the US.
For more information Google George Carlin at least you may have a laugh.