There's a fairly popular saying that many atheists seem particularly fond of quoting lately:
"Calling atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair color."
I clearly understand why atheists object to their beliefs being encapsulated in the word religion. Of course, individual atheists will have different reasons for this objection, as we can't paint a large group of people with a broad stroke. Nonetheless, the alleged conclusion here is that atheism is not a religion, but I'm going to disagree and show several ways in which I feel this argument fails, albeit with a small amount of reservation. But first the disclaimer: This is largely a matter of semantics and definitions of words.