Depends who you ask, Lots of people out there defining atheism, what atheists should do and such. They all have their own rules and tactics for whatever causes they’re working on, all flying the banner of Atheism.
You’ve got New Atheism, which has a series of typifications and leaders and stereotypes. You’ve got various “type of” atheists, all with their own definitions and stereotypes and such.
There’s plenty out there. It’s like Protestantism. Pick one and run with it.
Atheism has a culture just as any other ideological groups do. Maybe from the inside you can’t see it. But from the outside.. it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, etc.
From an objective, sociological, behavioral point of view, Atheism is a religion.
You can say “But we’re not. It’s not. Just look at our definitions.”
But when the rest of the behavior says otherwise… the words ring hollow. I’m sorry. I’m not trying to be mean here.
I feel like I’m being mean here. I’m sorry – I believe in freedom of ideologies and that includes yours. I don’t even know what mine is – I just let the facts as I find them pass through whatever methodologies I use to discern truth-values as best I can.
But yours is stated and clear and I shouldn’t try to dissuade you from the culture you’ve adopted for your own. I apologize as I’m not trying to convert anybody here today.