Before talking about atheism, we should not forget that Religion started and is still starting lots -and lots- of destructive fires.
Religion is an excellent tool and used successfully to manipulate the masses.
Religion is imposed mostly by family, and is not a choice.
Plundering other nations is often done under the name of Religion.
Every time someone utters the words 'I'm following the words of God', you can bet -very safely- that this is the start of a hypocrisy of GIGANTIC proportions.
If there was a choice, it would be foolish to choose Religion.
People need meditation. People need to develop a spiritual aspect in their lives, but this has nothing to do with 'Religion' as it has become today.