There is a small but loud group of atheists who are giving non-religious people a bad name. This group behaves just like the religious people that they oppose. One might wonder if they were religious fundamentalists who switched over to the other side, much like a pendulum moves from one extreme point to the other.
Some want to burn the Bible. Why not burn Little Red Riding Hood (a book with equal truth value to the Bible)? Oh, I get it. Don’t worry, I can build a belief system around a little girl who gets eaten by a wolf on her way to Grandma. Does is qualify then? Fuck, the Bible is literature. Don’t go burning fucking literature!
The simple fact is this: I absolutely do not believe in a god. But, I cannot prove the non-existence of the god or gods in question. Doing that would mean that I have to check the entire universe at the same time. Needless to say, I cannot. I also don’t have the time nor the energy to sit and find justifications for my non-belief.
There is another point as well. Although I may not believe, I don’t want to remove my fellow humans right to believe. I may personally wish that they get freed from the constraints of religion. But I have no more right to force my ideas upon them than they have to force theirs upon me.
Finally, I have this little skeptic inside my head that keeps reminding me, “you know, you could be wrong!” For those who don’t know what too much certainty in your own ideas can do, read some history, for example, European history around the 1930s.
Therefore I feel it safest to remain a non-believing agnostic.