Ok, so this comes from a wall post in the link
OK, a lot of people on here are assuming atheism is a religion on this spot, so I'll just be the one to disagree: 1. Atheists have no holy books. 2. Atheists have no place of worship. 3. Atheists have no profit or god.
So, if you think about it logically: atheism isn't a religion.
My first response to this question is always "Aw, hell no!" because I dislike the connotations that come along with the "religion" label. But I collected up these dictionary definitions which may be of some use in a debate, underlining keywords/phrases:
-relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality
-of, relating to, or devoted to religious beliefs or observances
- scrupulously and conscientiously faithful
-Having or showing belief in and reverence for God or a deity
-Of, concerned with, or teaching religion
-Extremely scrupulous or conscientious
-a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith
-A cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion
-a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe
when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
-a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects
-the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices
-something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience:
Obviously, I left out the God/supernatural stuff, as we all know them anyway.
-a disbelief in the existence of deity
that there is no deity
That, I think we can all agree (at least to some extent), is what Atheism is at it's core.
But are Atheists, more and more, moving towards organised religion? For example, Atheists:
~ have a set of beliefs about the universe
~ have a set of beliefs about the universe that guides them through their lives
~ acknowledge the works of self-identified Atheists (ie Richard Dawkins (*groan*) etc)
~ are increasingly gathering to express Atheism (ie university groups, conventions, organisations, online communities etc)
So, despite our denial of deities, can we call Atheism a "religion"? Can indiviual Atheists claim that their Atheism is their religion? Can we just bite the bullet and call Atheism a religion? Would that be a good thing? Does it even matter?