I notice the majority of folks categorize atheists by
using the joke that "God doesn't believe in atheists,
and therefore atheists don't exist."
Problem being, it's a fundamental oversight of
the science of how things work.
Atheists (typically) discover there is no proof
of a god, and then determine that he/it
does not, therefore, exist.
The existence isn't put into question by
the lack of belief. The fact predates the belief.
But the converse is true for 'believers';
religious sorts do in fact 'make
god real' (at least for their own
purposes) by virtue of simply believing
it to be. The belief predates the 'fact.'
And woe to any who would point out
that belief is not the same as reality.