It seems important that I describe exactly what I mean when I say “atheism” because there seem to be a lot of people who either don’t use the term properly or simply do not understand what it means. Far too many people want to use the term as a wedge, designed to drive people into pre-determined boxes, to one side or another of an issue, etc. Therefore, we must be clear on what atheism means and why.
Atheism is, quite simply, the answer to a single question: “Do you believe in a god?” If you answer yes, you are a theist. If you have any other answer, including “no”, “I don’t know” or “I don’t care”, you are an atheist. Atheism does not mean the positive belief that no god(s) exist, although certainly it can. Belief is an active state, disbelief or lack of belief is not necessarily so. We’re working toward being inclusive.
Therefore, attempting to come here and argue that atheists must “believe god(s) aren’t real” or “need to prove there are no god(s)” is an immediate non-starter. I no more have to prove god(s) don’t exist than I have to prove ghosts or unicorns don’t exist. The proponents of those views haven’t met their burden of proof, thus I disbelieve their claims.
It’s as simple as that.