Any time there’s a news story about some sort of religious issue, the comments eventually erupt into theist versus atheist argument. I suppose it’s bound to happen. Then, a theist claims that atheists believe there is no God, and since they have belief, atheism is just another religion. Frankly, it’s tiresome.
Atheists don’t believe that there is no God. Rather, atheists do not believe there is a God. I don’t hold a belief, but rather an utter lack of belief. It’s an important distinction.
I’ve read an amusing thought that suggests a lack of belief is as much a religion as not collecting stamps is a hobby. That sums it up pretty well for me.