Just as many a religious person will tell you God loves you whether you believe it or not, most atheists know they are dependent upon themselves and others for love whether others believe it or not. Unfortunately, and for some reason, a lot of atheists believe that this difference justifies their abject hatred and intolerance of religious peoples. Many religious credit God and blame Satan, thus relieving them of all responsibility for their thoughts, actions, misfortunes and opportunities. How is the atheist different who credits his/her fellow atheists and blames the religious?
In the end it is who we are and what we do that defines each of us. Crediting others with your good fortune when it was your decision to take advantage of an opportunity or blaming others for the unfortunate events in your life when it was your decision to do as you did is part of the human condition. It has nothing to do with religion or the lack thereof. We grow and mature when we realize and understand we are in fact all in this together while at the same time accountable for what we individually do – and don’t do.
I personally believe the world would be a better place without religion, but that doesn’t mean I also wish for a world free of love or to use my atheism as a weapon. Those atheists who think their violent deed or word is justified until this world is free of religion are just as guilty, and guilty of the same things, as any religious person who speaks or acts violently in the name of God.