Atheism isn't a religion. It's a baseline rejection of religion. To call it a religion by its rejection of religion is like saying that self defense is an offense by virtue of participation in the matter. A court of reason would not support this criminalistic notion. Or that visual acuity is a stigma due to its relationship to sight, which would be equally absurd in science. Acuity is a baseline. The targeting of Atheism does not make it worthy of being targeted anymore than trespass justifies the trespasser. I personally have a large measure of respect for the Atheists on this forum. Their arguments are generally sound, rational, practical and pragmatic. But religious?...no! We can have our disagreements and wrestle without going off the deep end and swearing oaths to one anothers annihilation. The OP needs to man up and give a hat tip to Atheists. They are neither sissies nor do they exhibit a dearth of goodness in their hearts and souls. Yet many theists harbor great wickedness. After all, in truth, what is salvation but the finding of treasure. And what is to be found but what is already there. Atheism then is not a religion, but the covering of treasures, like a chaste Wife whom none can justly know without consent, even her Husband. Respect.