Hong Wu wrote:One of the ironies of atheism is that it tends towards materialism but in doing so, it has to acknowledge that religious people tend to be better off in every material way.
That's simply another uninformed opinion. Can you please provide a source for your silly claim?
Hong Wu wrote:It's kind of like existentialism in that regard and is probably a symptom of a "sick" society.
Atheism is the product of a very happy society, where people aren't afraid to question religious dogma, and where people have the freedom to do so.
Hong Wu wrote:In China people are "officially" atheist but most of them believe in all sorts of metaphysical things, so in a western sense most of the population is not atheist at all. Very interesting place
Yes, it probably is, but you can't outlaw thought, only practice of said religion. Your example is pretty meaningless.
“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson