At the Unitarian church I checked out I was asked what I believed. I answered atheist and the woman was like, "that's awesome so is my husband." And he was right there too. So I view Unitarian Universalists as being pantheistic and inclusive of non beliefs. So it's a religion that focuses on inclusion rather than one creed to me. Agnostic works but I really think UUs do not make a claim one way or another if you were setting up to argue against their position.
I didn't go back because I don't really like hanging out in that crowd when I think it would be more fitting to have "sermons" about progressive advocacy campaigns instead of how to be centered. I'm not a person who gets centered.
I'm sure you've heard all the one-liners to this question.
Atheism is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby.
Or not smoking could be called a habit.
Where am I? The Water Cooler? Hmmm....
How can we be a religion when we spend so much time expressing what is WRONG with religion?
I will continue to argue that atheism is not a religious world-view because of the absence of the supernatural. And what would be our rituals or customs? I suppose we should find a universally accepted definition of 'religion'. What components are essential?
Brief and to the point...ha...gotta love it.
then is criticizing movies a religion?
Criticizing religion is, at most, a hobby. Not a religion.
Does this help the debate ?
The Concise Oxford dictionary defines religion as the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. A particular system of faith and worship. A pursuit or interest followed with great devotion.
The same dictionary defines Atheism as disbelief in the existence of a god or gods.
Can Atheism be regarded as a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion ?