Don’t get me wrong, I have my problems with religions, and Christianity in particular (I’m pretty familiar with it, since I once believed in it very much). But another atheism stands FOR, rather than just against, is free thought. A suspicion of tradition and authority, and an urge to seek knowledge, to make progress. Freethinkers, deists, and agnostics have a long history of being on the right side of contentious issues like slavery, women’s rights, and individual liberty, while the religious folk lagged way behind, using their sacred books to justify the awful things that humanity has done. An atheist is free from those constraints. Reason is his guide, and the only thing that is held as sacred is the truth.