I have been an Athiest my entire life. Luckily I have never had any sort of religion shoved down my throat! Both of my parents are Athiests which I only descovered years after I started thinking about Atheism. I went to a religious school but again the only time it was brought up was a prayer before lunch which wasn't mandatory. A lot of people seem to think being an Atheist is not believing in God. I feel this is untrue. Being Atheist for me is to not to follow or believe in ANY religion, not to think 'I don't believe in God but I believe in this...' or 'I don't believe in God but I believe in a higher power' I feel that organised religion is what is destroying our planet.