I was born and raised as a devote Catholic.
I went to a Catholic 8-year grammar school, run by priests and nuns; and to a Catholic (Carmelite Order) 4 Year High School Seminary studying to be a priest (during the days of the Vietnam War and of Pope John Paul (with his liberal reforms, such as: Latin replaced by English, and the congregation (us students) being more active in/during the Mass.
Two key events during that period:
1) When it was my turn to lead the middle-of-the-Mass prayers, I prayed for ALL those suffering and dying in Vietnam (not just the US soldiers). The priests tried to intimidate me into apologizing for this ("We don't pray for the commies!"); and I almost got kicked out of their school. I couldn't believe that God took sides in human wars.
2nd. We were "taught" that, "when a girl/woman wears sexy clothing (bikini, short-skirt, revealing top) then if she gets raped it is her fault." I could not accept that.
When I left that school at graduation, I also left that religion behind as well.
Still firmly believing in god, I seriously looked into all of the other major religions and found every one of them had the same fatal flaw: the claim that they were the one and only infallibly TRUE religion with their one and only "perfect" ancient book. But each of their books was full of crazy, ugly and contradictory stuff. And their very beliefs automatically assure that at least 2/3rds of all humans will go to the eternal torture of hell for the "crime" of either not believing at all, or believing in the "wrong" god.
As a result, more than 45 years ago I became an atheist and have never found a reason to regret or change that decision.
I am more optimistic than ever before that the total defeat of organized religion is not very far away. The internet, the spread of (science-based) information and the public speakers/debates have played huge roles.
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That's a fine introduction. Welcome to this cheerful Internet community of rationality and peace, common sense and freethinking wisdom.
I am rather more pessimistic than you. Yes, atheism does indeed provide the truth about the universe and life etc, but those bad religious ideas are so tenacious and too many people lack the intelligence to see through it like you did.