I'm a human being not an atheist.
I don't like the term atheist per se. It's a label. I think any label does what all labels do if you over identify with it. Labels divide humans from the fact they are just humans and can cause divisions within reasoning. I was even completely unaware of the term atheist until I came upon a newly published book in Dublin called the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. In a sense, minus the very deep, knowledgeable arguments contained therein, I'd already been writing a book in my head that came to the same conclusion since I was 7. I did not believe that such a book would ever be printed or accepted by a publisher in my lifetime. However I did not go through life occupied with the fact there was no god rather since I had no reason to believe such a thing I approached everything on that basis minus any preoccupation with the question. I was and am only ever dealing with other human beings driven by that most imperfect product of evolution: the human brain.
While the term atheist may serve in specific situations and for specific purposes at the end of the day I think it is better to remember first and foremost that one is a human being and so are all others even beneath the sometimes titanium hard crust of religious belief.
I've also concluded lately that, at least where I come from (Ireland), there is such a thing as an Irish Catholic Atheist. That led me to re-examine the charge that atheism is a religion. I concluded that the accusation was wrong but only because it's a misunderstanding. There is nothing in terms of behaviour current and constant that applies to all humans who do not in their own minds believe in a source of otherworld controlling power to the extent that they can all be covered by the term Atheism. But the charge can be made that within a specific atheist collective mentality, as products of the culture they are raised in, there is religious behaviour. This manifests itself most clearly when atheists form organisations or at least it seems that way on my part of the planet. One would not want to be casting aspersions on atheist of other national cultures.
Oops I think I've gone over my time.
Thank you and goodnight from a sod on the East side of the Atlantic