"I agree with a lot of what people are saying. I call myself an athiest and its fine. But, often when others want to call me one, it can feel derogatory.
It's almost as bad of a label, as the color of our skin."
I understand your problem but atheists have so much to be proud about. Welcome to this super site with its other bright people like you who recognise the atheistic world view as right, and religion for the fraud that it is.