I’m just getting sick of the whole “atheism is a religion” crap that I seem to keep running into lately. Here’s a little story for your entertainment.
Once upon a time there was a land called Cardia. In Cardia, everyone played cards. Some people played blackjack, some poker, others pitch, and so forth. While many used the same 52 card deck, others opted for different decks (such as the pinochle-ists). Depending on the particular group, some would get together to play cards weekly, some daily, and some played several times per day. The rules varied, but most groups had specific “high tournament” days (or weeks or even months) when special card playing observances were held. But one thing was true, no matter what the rules, no matter how many Jokers were in their deck, all Cardians played cards.
One day, a traveler from afar showed up in Cardia. The Cardians asked him which card game he played. The traveler said “I do not play cards”. The Cardians said “But everyone plays cards! Which game do you play?” The traveler responded “I do not care about cards. I have no use for cards and I have no desire to play cards.”
This caused great puzzlement in Cardia. Everyone in Cardia played cards, who was this traveler to say he didn’t care about cards? How could he not play cards? And, more importantly, how were they to categorize him? After great consideration they decided upon an answer to their quandry: The traveler did, in fact, play cards. The card game he played was called “Not playing cards”.
The traveler thought this was little more than a foolish play on words and told the Cardians as much. So they dragged him before their court, tried him for heresy, and executed him. Then they all went back to playing cards.
Claiming that atheism is a religion is like claiming that not eating is a kind of sandwich.