Atheists get a bad wrap. They are labeled as angry, hateful, argumentative, fearful, vile, unhappy people. However, the truth is that atheists are like anyone else. They are very diverse. I founded one of the first atheists groups in Panama City Florida in 2009. In attempting to gather people for the group, I found that everyone had different opinions and ideas about what exactly an atheist was. So I came up with the name “The Cat Herders”. This was because getting atheists to come together on more than one topic was like hearding cats. Meaning that each one has their own mind, and will do their own thing. Understanding that you don’t have to fit into a mold to be an atheist is important. Perhaps it is the most important thing to take away from this writing of mine.
My advice to atheists; leave emotion out of it. You hold a neutral position as to whether or not there is a god. It is not the end all be all of your existence. Although the religious person in the debate may believe it is. Because atheism is not a belief, it should not carry with it the emotional baggage of one. This is most likely the biggest pit fall an atheist falls in to. I don’t know many who have not fallen into it. I also know many who haven’t found their way out of it. This may also be one of the strongest reasons for me wanting to write this. You don’t need to be emotional about a negative position. That is not to say that you can not be passionate about keeping religion from forcing its systems upon you and your family. However, that is another topic. For now, it is simple enough to explain that you would not become emotional defending your position that you have no belief in fairies, unicorns, leprechauns, etc. don’t let this be any different.