Much of what is wrong with religion isn’t really religious. Religion suffers from cultural parasites which make it worse than it really is. Blaming religion for these contaminants sometimes misses the point.
About the Author
I am an American, although I have lived in Asia for more than 20 years. I was born into a Christian family, but could never quite believe, although I gave it a good try. My Grandmother used to good naturedly call me a "heathen," and how right she was. I came out as a non-believer to family and friends when I went to college. I enjoy reading about comparative mythology.
I hope that we can learn from Narendra Dabholkar that being an atheist is more than just not believing in gods, it’s also an implicit belief in the value of truth. That is a noble pursuit, and touches upon all that is worthy of emulation in humanity.
A relative of mine just told me that she had wasted her prayers on me over the years. So, I want to repay her wasted effort. What do you think I should give her as a compensatory gift? Be nice.
Atheists actually miss out on a lot of activities that religious believers can participate in. Let’s go through the list, and see what you think.