Last night on The Cleveland Show, Cleveland Junior admitted he is an atheist. That was good. He also said atheism is a religion. That was bad. I’m a bit confused as to why an atheist character would claim atheism is a religion. No atheist I know ever would.
Atheism is not a religion. Saying that you don’t believe in any kind of gods because there’s no proof for their existence is a position on religion, but it isn’t a religion in of itself. I think people who say that are trying to do a backwards assertion that atheists do, in fact, believe in God; they just can’t admit it.
But this is nonsense. To quote from a comment on this page, atheism is not a religion in the same way that bald is not a hair color. Look at any picture of me, and you’d never describe me as having bald colored hair. You’d just say I’m bald.
I have a specific stance on religion: I think it’s stupid, I think it’s wrong, I don’t believe any gods exist until I see proof otherwise, I don’t believe there’s any afterlife until I see proof otherwise. I believe we’re here because of what people refer to as “the Big Bang” and evolution, and I think these things because there is scientific evidence backing these things.
Believing something because there is evidence for it is not a religion. Refusing to believe something because there is not evidence for it is also not a religion.