I am the Dad of two boys. I am not raising them as atheists, that is not really an explicit goal I have. I AM however raising them as freethinkers. I want them to be able to hear an assertion or a sales pitch, and see if it has any basis in reality. I want them to be able to spot when someone is appealing to faith, or authority, or tradition, or is using guilt and emotional appeals. I want my sons, and as many others that I can influence, to see when these types of bogus arguments are being used, and to walk away from them.