I am an atheist.
Atheism is not a religion. There is no assigned moral code each atheist has their own personal morals. There are no written texts giving guidelines to life for atheists. Some self-proclaimed atheists might just be lazy and want to escape from the responsibility that comes with believing in a god and feeling guilty for blasphemy committed. In those cases, I would say these people are not atheists, but instead are pathetic human beings who don't like to take responsibility for their actions. Sure, atheists don't believe in the existence of a god or gods, but does this mean that they lack morals because they don't follow teachings of a religious nature?
Of course not. Let's be serious.
It's simply unfair for anyone to judge anyone else for... well, anything, and atheism is one of my favorite examples. I wish I could give viewpoints from many religions, but my personal experiences don't extend past the conflict between Christianity (specifically Catholicism) and atheism.
My idea of a model Christian, for what it's worth, is a follower of Christianity, no matter the branch, that lives their life by what the Bible says. They may have just converted from another religion or they may have been raised under their religion; in the latter situation, they grew up with their values, taught by their parental figures that were probably influenced by their Christian teachings and what the Bible says.
I was raised Catholic, but my family never took me to church a lot. I spent the sixth grade in a private Catholic school and it was after that year that I decided Mass was extremely boring and the whole thing started to sound like regurgitated garble after some time.
Last year, I realized that I was an atheist.
To me, atheism makes sense and religion just doesn't. Science explains what religion can't and what science can't explain, and religion does... doesn't cut it in the slightest for me. This might be the attitude for a good amount of atheists around the country, so does this make them immoral people? Sure, they're technically faithless when it comes to having faith in a deity, but this doesn't mean they can't have faith in another person or have hope for a bad situation. That's just human nature. A lot of people look to their god when they are in some sort of slouch. This doesn't mean that an atheist has nothing to help them get through the harder arts of life. Their lack of belief in a deity does not mean that they lack common human emotion.
Discrimination against atheists is not non-existent; it's there despite how little it is brought up or how trivialized it may be. To a lot of Americans, for another citizen to be a 'real American', they need to have some sort of faith, preferably Christianity. Some people do good things because it's something they think their god would want them to do. Atheists do plenty of good thing, as well. Atheists don't do good actions for a god, however; they do it because that's what makes a human being a good person.
Christianity teaches that promiscuity is wrong. Does that mean that someone who doesn't practice Christianity is going to engage in sexual activities left and right?
Christianity teaches that humility is commendable. Does this mean that someone who does not practice Christianity is a complete megalomaniac?
Fidel Castro was an atheist but Adolf Hitler was not.
Like any large group of people in the world, atheists cannot be judged under an umbrella term.