Time and again Christians, some quite close to me, have told me that atheism is a religion. As an atheist, I know this isn’t true because I know that the word atheist doesn’t describe what I believe, but what I don’t believe.
But I’ll never change anyone’s mind about that. What I’d like those same people to consider, then, is that if they do believe atheism is a religion, should it be protected by the same laws that protect other religions?
If so, consider this quote:
“No, I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots.” -George H. Bush
If you think that atheism is a religion, then that quote essentially has the same meaning as this one:
“No, I don’t know that jews should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots.”