Well, it’s a real issue i think for a lot of ppl. I consider myself agnostic (as in – “I don’t know”) rather than atheist and since I see _most_ things as metaphorical, I’d feel comfortable at any religious place generally speaking. But that’s how I think at the moment – works for me.
There’s a lot of good reasons why spiritual/religious communities are so strong that don’t necessarily relate as much to their beliefs in particular, as it does to the nature of gathering together under the same roof and appreciating each others company, doing things together and such.
I think atheism has reached a point that it needs the same kind of community outlet.
Exactly. Safe spaces. A lot of Unitarian Universalist congregations are safe havens for atheists; I remember when I was exploring it as a possibility in the early 1990s for myself.
But there seems to be two kinds there: You have the Christian UUs, which are less common but exist, and the all-purpose UUs, which are pretty much “come one, come all – believe something or not, doesn’t matter”. I’ve been to a few in NJ and a couple here in Fl. So it wouldn’t be the all-atheist group but you’d find plenty there I suspect – at least I remember that’s where I’d find people who were atheist and needed community back in the early 90s. It’s also where I’d find Wiccans, Pagans, New Age folk, people who didn’t have representation for their religions in the local areas, agnostics and such. Friendly from what I remember.
But with more atheists now since Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, and others etc began public speaking and writing books about it, it’s likely time you guys got something more – perhaps more of a concrete ‘together’ identity for yourselves.