I’ve always been interested as to why believers, some at least, consider atheism just another religion. It’s clear that we have no supernatural beliefs, so what is it these theists are looking at that make them want to call atheists religious? I think it may be that the definition of religion is much broader than just a belief in gods, it also has to do with an specific interest people may have. Like atheism.
I don’t view atheism as a religion as it’s only a part of my life, not a focus for me. For others, it may be their life’s pursuit. When anything becomes that important, others may view it as a mission of that persons life which is easily, in my opinion, looked upon as a sort of religious fervor. Some I know refer to these atheists as militant. I’ve never met anyone like that in person, but have, rarely, come across them online. I personally try to avoid people like that asmuch as I can.
It’s not just those that are hard-core though that give the impression of atheism being a religion. There are local atheist groups that want their communities to be more inclusive. There’s nothing wrong with that on its face, but when they want to be included in giving the invocation for a local city council meeting, it may point to more than just being inclusive.
There was a time, not that long ago, where atheists looked to end the practice of invocations by local government. Now, at least in this one case, the opposite seems to be true. Some may call this a victory for atheists, I call it a surrender and all it does is give those tht would say atheism is nothing but another religion, more ammunition. I think there are other ways that atheists may contribute to their communities other than participating in a religious ceremony.
We need to be able to disabuse the idea that atheism is just another religious belief, instead of attempting to integrate into the religious community.