Exactly. There just happens to be a term for people who don't believe in god. Atheist.
I'm simply saying the term and especially identifying with it and others associated with it - all of it is completely unnecessary. The very fact that anyone feels the need to identify as part of a group that doesn't believe in something is foolish.
It doesn't have anything to do with making yourself part of a larger group any more than it would if we assigned a term to people that don't believe in ghosts. It's just a term.
Atheist is WAY more than "just a term".
I'm sure there is a term for someone who doesn't believe in ghosts, but I don't know what it is and don't care to look it up right now. The very fact that people aren't even aware of what it is shows how little significance it has.
If the term "atheist" was merely a term, it would have an equal lack of significance. So few people would identify with the term or use it at all that most people wouldn't even be aware of it. Obviously that isn't the case, because it's more than "just a term" - it is used as an identifier, which as I said, is foolish.
Let's all get together and identify ourselves as a common group who does NOT believe in something. Everyone who doesn't believe in ghosts over here. Those who don't believe in aliens over there. Now those of you who don't believe we're really inside the Matrix in the corner there. Those who don't think we're all the imagination of a creature that is the combination of a panda bear, an elephant, a donkey, a zebra, and a scorpion, you meet here in the center. Wait, that's probably everybody.
Do you see how ridiculous it is to form a group or identify based on a LACK of belief in something?
If you say you DO believe in something together, fine, that makes some sense and can at least lead to a uniform identity. But to say you're all agreed on the LACK of belief in something and that is part of your identity is absurd and foolish.
To the best of my knowledge, their "agenda" is to prevent religious beliefs from invading their day to day lives.
No. Their agenda is to prevent anyone from having the freedom to express any religious belief except what they say is okay. They realize this won't fly under most circumstances, so they try to find ways to make it happen where other people are forced to do as they say, such as with these asinine challenges against public displays and the like.