Although I'm an atheist for some time now, I recently started 'outing' myself by wearing the Scarlet A, this brought up a lot of talk on my work. People there don't quite understand exactly what an atheist is. Some of them don't believe in a God either, and thus are atheists, but don't want to be put 'inside a box'. I wasn't in the mood to explain to him that this was the same as being straight, gay or bisexual.
Someone even said that atheists are opposed to governments as well. No... Those are anarchists. Although a strict religious government (like in Iran) would not be my choice of course!!
Today the same colleague asked me if we had some kind of group session on sunday in a big building. 'An atheist church?' I asked. 'Yes', was the answer... [sigh]... No, we don't, but what we do is get really drunk, gorge up on all kinds of fancy food, take of all our clothes, and have a wild orgy!! Hey, why not, it's not like we're going to Hell for it!! ;)
The most troubling conversation I had at work was with a Catholic woman with teenage children herself. She told me that if her son or daughter came home and told her that they didin't believe in God, she would see that as a failure from her as a mother. I said that she should instead be proud of it, as she would have raised smart, and sensible children with a mind of their own. But no, that would not be the case.