To be an atheist does not mean to be rude or arrogant when it comes to religion, atheism should walk hand in hand with tolerance and acceptance of others and what they believe in, however this does not mean that anyone can force his or her opinion and set of beliefs on anyone else. This leaves us at a rather confusing point, if an atheist should not actively try and get people out of religion and stand against it at all time how should he regard religious people?
The answer is pretty clear, religion is absurd (at best) and plain evil (at worst), religion could personally offend many of us who do not believe, there are many topics to choose from, slavery, homosexuality, human rights, women rights etc., however we should hold the principles of modren civilization close to our hearts and keep an open minded and democratic view.
So here is the magic solution, whatever believers do they should do it in their homes, without forcing anyone else to do the same and they should also leave us out of it, meaning no more pathetic attempts to convert the atheists among us, keep the streets clean – that’s one way of looking at it.
If someone would like to demonstrate the existence of god he or she will need to do it at a proper place and at a proper time, to an audience that is willing to participate in this debate. As far as the allocation of tax money to any religious institute atheists should have zero tolerance and let the government know that it is not acceptable that any government would invest its honest people’s hard earned money into the non-sense that is religion, no matter which and of what form it is.
Bottom line, believers should keep their religion to themselves, should not hurt or force anyone in the process of practicing it and should not try to convince anyone of its truthfulness. Just as believers should keep religion at home they should invest, themselves, in their places of worship, freeing some much needed funds for research and culture, which are the true building stones of civilization today.