First of all, let us bow our heads in prayer for the mighty lord Google.
Now that that’s out of the way, the topic of the day: a-anythingism. In today’s world, most people will assume others to be religious in some way. People argue against the use of the word “atheist” because it is defining people by what they aren’t, rather than what they are. You don’t see all that many afairyists, aunicornists, or ateapotists. Still, among these, only the aunicornists are wrong, because unicorns are too awesome not to exist.
In a perfect world, people would not assume anything about each other. The problem is that it’s not a perfect world, and they do. If nothing is said, people will tend to assume that you’re a mildly religious, typical middle American.
The issue is what is the best way to go about preventing assumptions about a person’s religion. By identifying yourself as an atheist, you raise awareness of atheism and help to prevent such assumptions. I believe we need to keep calling ourselves atheists for some time. Other words for atheist work as well, but what better way to say “I don’t believe in god” than a word with that definition?