One big reason for me to at least make it known that I'm atheist is so that others who are afraid to come out as atheist -- or even to admit to themselves that they don't believe, will see that there are some other relatively normal people out there who feel the same way they do. Why do I sometimes want to poke holes in other people's beliefs? Well, between us I can say that it's painful to watch otherwise smart people continue believing ridiculous things -- I guess that's somewhat akin to the orange juice idea.
Hiya Blue_Spiral! I guess we can be "newbies" here on LAM together! :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts...you really get what I'm talking about and that's a HUGE relief to me! (and no need for typo corrections) Looking forward to getting to know you!! :)