The fact that I am trying to make is that both of these people are trying to tell me what to believe, or each other to believe. The atheist will often resort to name calling and question the intelligence of their opponent while they do it, though.
I know, many people will say "No, the religious person is telling you how to live and telling you to go to hell." My experience has shown me that the atheist calls me stupid if I don't agree with them. The majority of religious people I know don't force their beliefs on me.
I used to work with a women who was an atheist and very politically correct. She was often telling me what I could and couldn't say, how I should behave, etc. She reminded me very much of the busy-body church lady, the only difference was the content of what she was saying.
Atheists also talk about how things would be so much better for the world if there were no religious people. Well, hate to inform you, but Communist Russia was built on a total atheist belief system, and when it fell (hard, failing miserably), the people (80% by current polls) discovered that ol' religion and gave up their forced upon beliefs.
And lets not forget that Hitler (no he wasn't Catholic, he just said that to get support from the unbathed masses) and his whole platform was the Ubermench, superman or master race, based on evolutionary eugenics. Those are just the two most current historical cases for atheism.
Not that religion has done any better, its just that the only two major times an atheistic regime took over it completely brutalized and dehumanized people.
Blaming religion for the worlds ills is a fragile scapegoat, however. If the atheists are right and we all climbed out of the trees, it wasn't religion that caused us to kill and rape and steal from each other. Monkeys do that without the pope. No, the monkey killed his brother to steal his mate to further propagate the species and then lied about it. From an evolutionary viewpoint the lie of religion turns out to be a good thing, huh?
This also compounded with what (often) atheists fall back on. Claiming to be good. In a world where we are not accountable for our actions, and killing someone has the same moral quantative value as saving them or genocide is just as right as overpopulation, no one can say what is good or bad. Sure they can claim that it is wrong to destroy the environment and slaughter the whales, but when everyone is dead who will punish us? We won't continue on in some elevated form to look back and say "wow, we really screwed the pooch on that one."
I'm not saying the religions have it right. I am saying that atheism hasn't provided us with an actual, air tight counter-argument that holds up under scrutiny. Nihilism is the only outcome, no matter how cheerful a face you put on it. It is a self defeating argument.
I'm done on this topic.
I believe in God, by the way.