Please define what you mean by religion. It's not clear that everyone is talking about the same thing when they use that word.
I don't have a special meaning. Just the usual generic reference to groups that call themselves a religion.
Are you sure?
Yes, I'm sure many (not all) atheists want religion to go away.
Atheists including notably Sam Harris want to retain "spirituality" which may be a euphemism for at least some aspects of religion depending on what you mean by religion.
Yes, I do recall that about him, though I'm fuzzy on the details of his spirituality at this point.
Theists don't agree about what the best goals of religion are or about what religion is.
Yes, of course I agree. I'm just expressing my views.
People shout "O my God" during sex. Religionists use sex as a metaphor for the experience of "knowing" God [See the Son of Solomon in the Hebrew Bible]. Based on such evidence theism is unconsciously closer to sex than atheism.
That's an interesting theory. I really don't know.
Now you're just playing.
Of course. Playing is inherent in any philosophy where the first tenant is, "I don't know".
Religion exists to fulfill humankind's need for ultimate meaning. The atheist's need to feel they know comes from the same place.
Yes, that's clearly part of it. There's probably more to it. Remember, not everyone involved in religion is an ideologue, in fact, that's probably the minority. Religion is more than assertions.
It doesn't matter what you call it. Unless we destroy ourselves, religion will outlive us all.
Could be, it's surely been going on a long time already.
I don't have a goal of ending religion myself. I'm interested in trying to understand the human need that religion is trying to address.
An imperfect example. Hunting.
For most of our history, people hunted because they were physically hungry. Lots of rituals and opinions regarding bravery, skill, technique etc grew up around the activity of hunting. There were even philosophical perspectives about the relationship between hunter and hunted and so on. Hunting was central to many people's lives.
But now that (in the developed world at least) most everybody has ready access to food, hunting is not central to our lives anymore (except perhaps for those who pursue it as a hobby).
The "religion" of hunting was a big deal so long as the need driving interest in hunting existed. Once that need was met by some other method, an interest in hunting that was thousands of years old melted away naturally for most people.
Religion is just a means to an end, an attempt to meet a human need. Whether we like religion or not, it seems any thinking person might want to understand what need generates such a huge response.