Is it laughable to even try to discuss religion semi-politely and semi-adult manner? Ok well, we'll try...hehe...
Someone in the spam threads said that scientists often also profess belief in a Creator or somesuch (as some kind of "aha!" or proof?), and I was about to reply with this when the threads were locked...
Since we've never had the luxury of raising humans without their having access to the myriad legacy religions to sully their views, we've yet to have scientists that can easily be free from their culture's religions and any influences they have on their thought processes.
Many have tried to be as rational as possible and many have comes as close as you can get.
Unfortunately each culture's dominant religion is ingrained in a person's mind (plus whatever similarly arbitrary religions they've learned about), so they can seldom shake the fairy tales and see reality (or try to).
So do some of the best and brightest pure scientists also reserve the right to believe in a "creator" or god? I'm sure many do, but it isn't based on anything measurable they've discovered, only nagging remnants of earlier indoctrination.
This "need" to have an intelligence behind creation is pathetic. Yes, I called it creation, but lower case "c".
It is such a stifling, suffocating, ultimately infantile and insipid desire for humans to need to have a human/animal/alien/living/whatever type entity "behind it all" for this universe just for it to be deemed valid and justified.
We can make life MORE meaningful by exploring reality as it is, all of us united in a quest to get through all the chaos, as a family, find and make order from it as we see fit.
But instead we bicker over countless trifling dogmatic differences and the rare free thinkers or scientists dodge the swords, nooses and bullets.
I don't like the term Atheist or Agnostic in the same sense that I don't like being called or having to call myself a "non-smoker".
Not believing in any particular god/gods/goddess/etc is a default, natural state of existence.
Not smoking is a default, natural state of existence.
You're a smoker or a worshipper, but I'm just me, a human being. I shouldn't need to label myself an Atheist just because I don't believe that any of the available options are useful, attractive or valid to me.
Plus, Atheist has too many negative connotations.
Sick that not belonging to a given belief system makes one evil, corrupt or somehow bad.