Not everyone, but many people whom I talk to in real life, or who I read on this forum, in fact I will say the majority of them, will respond to my statement "I don't believe in God" with one or more of those options. I addressed this with SAM: how often is a legitimate debate about the Christianity disrupted here? Not often. But there are very few legitimate debates here - generally it is "God will burn homos forever" or something of that nature. This may be, but it is not true of my experience. But, I did not say this of religious people. First, you're taking me out of context. I meant that it is odd that they demand to define athiesm. Second, and I wish you weren't, but you're wrong. Why can't gay couples marry in the US? Why don't some health plans cover birth control? Hell, why have I been heckled picking up birth control pills at Planned Parenthood? Why does the government insist that I should die of preeclampsia rather than abort a fetus if necessary? Why can't my friend Joy have access to fetal stem cells? There are some states trying to ban abortion outright, and don't tell me that their reasons aren't rooted in religion. Why can't I buy alcohol before noon on Sunday? These people would have me dead or raped in service of their ignorence of fetal development. You're saying that they aren't trying to police my behavior? Now there are non-religious reasons for these things, but they are far outnumbered by the religious reasons. **Edit** And I don't want to splash all theists with this muck, most are good people because most people are good people. But this is true for a statistically relevent number!