I don't think there's anything in those statements I would agree with. I am unaware of an atheist doctrine. Unless what they are saying is that our sense of morality exists because of religion, which I also disagree with. I don't understand the second statement "if there was no religion to criticize, we would have nothing". I identify as an atheist and a naturalist. But I also identify as a woman, wife, daughter, mother and much more. Religion does not define my life any more than those other labels and in reality it defines my life much less.
“For every force, there is a counter force. For every negative there is a positive. For every action there is a reaction. For every cause there is an effect.”
Atheism is the counter force of religion. If religious activism didn't exist, atheist activism wouldn't exist.
I think that the drive we have to be open as atheists, to have this community for only atheists, to be activists, is a direct result of the force that is religion in our society. Remove that force, the political side of religion and being interested in religion is nothing more than academic. While I'll grant that the academic study or philosophy of religion is interesting it's not the same as defining yourself by religion (or lack of).
It's not that you wouldn't be an atheist, it's that it wouldn't much matter. At least that's how I read the statements above.
And if there was no religion,atheism would be the norm...The thought of a god or gods would never enter anyone's mind. This guy forgets we are all born atheist and the only reason he's an xtain is cause he was taken to church and brainwashed before the age of reason.
I would say for many athiests(especially those that have recently deconverted) that "rejecting" religion is their focus. They don't have much more to say, other than religion is wrong and needs to be eradicated. This is obviously personal, and a human progression.
But for many athiests, religion is dead and gone, so a new way of focussing on the world and our lives have been achieved.
So although a rejection of religion, may very much define the life of some athiests, I do not think it is true for all. They've moved beyond the anger and are now just trying to create a more meaningful and better life for themselves, family, friends and humanity overall.