I am an atheist( I used to be an atheistic satanist, thinking about reconverting), And, someone told me that I should not be able to have religious freedom, because I'm an atheist, and according to him, atheism is not a religion. I have a few questions: Does the American government really give it's citizens religious freedom? Does atheism count as a religion? Does the American version of religious freedom give me the freedom to not be religious? The only thing I took from this guy's argument with me was that he thinks that everyone in the world MUST be religious, because a god that some people don't even believe in said so. He also continued to threaten me with the fictional concept of hell. What drives people to think this? It really makes no sense to me. Also, if anyone viewing this thread is a Christian, I do not mean to offend you. I believe that anyone should be able to choose and express their religion freely, as long as they don't do something like killing someone as a ritual.