Lately though, with the emergence of the religious right, and their attempted hijacking of American politics, I have decided that I am not only no longer fearful to be labeled an Atheist, I'm downright proud of it. I don't need the fear of some fictional final retribution to live a good life. Nor does the promise of everlasting life on some cloud with a bunch of other followers intrigue me. I live by the golden rule, just because that's how I want to live my life, not because I'm afraid of what will happen to me if I don't.
Unfortunately, todays Christians, especially the ones who try to shove their religion down the rest of the worlds throat, are making a mockery of the religion they profess to adhere to. It's become a club for good ol' boys to feel superior to the rest of us mere mortals, who just want to live, and let live. If Christianity is a club with members such as Tom DeLay, Randall Terry, Bill Frist, G.W. Bush, and others of their ilk, than hell yes, I'm proud, damned proud, to opt out and call myself an Atheist. Good job boys, you've shown me the light...
It's always nice to see someone achieving a better sense of themselves and thus able to stand up for what they think. That's certainly better than trying to hide what they think in order to avoid offending anyone.