Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
I believe that (a) Reality is real, and (b) My own modest sensory organs and my undeniably limited brain are adequate tools for exploring that "Real Reality".
Other than that, I am a 100% "atheist" and a certified "rationalist". But make no mistake: (a) and (b) are absolutely "leaps of faith".
My intuition tells me to stop right there - no more fantasies or "leaps". But...if someone else moves one or two conjectures further - how do we really know he is more in error than we are?
Perhaps it is just my science backgroundand that makes a certain binomial process natural to me, but I see religion as a subset of ideology in general -- much as I do political views,and especially so when such views involve actual tenets such as those associated with a particular religion or political platform.
Rejecting religious belief is hardly a religion, even if silly people try to claim it is. Belief without reason is simply dogmatism, and just because dogmatic people wish to cast reason as something akin to their superstition, it really isn't. It's just that the process is so alien to their nature, they don't recognise the stuff. Now, it's not as if religion precludes reason at all, asthereare somevery reasonable religious poele-- it's more a matter of those accepting religion unquestioningly projecting a similar nature upon others.
"you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos
"Yes, but are you a Protestant atheist or a Catholic atheist?".- Northern Irish joke
"All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell [the bible] teaches us how to run all our public policy and everything in society." Rep. Paul Broun (R)