“Atheism is intrinsically linked to issues of social justice?” How could that be? While I don’t agree, I understand if someone wants to say they are linking nonbelief with social justice as a matter of policy, but intrinsically? How could the disbelief in a god be intrinsically linked to anything other than the disbelief in god?
Translation: I personally can not conceive of a way that lack of belief in gods could be anything more that lack of belief in gods in the dictionary sense, or could possibly have any intrinsic implications, and I therefore feel entitled to say stupid things and criticize others who do not share my lack of comprehension.
This is not rocket science. Religions tell us that their holy texts are the transcribed and recorded revelations of their gods, and because this is so, they must be taken as true, and the instructions therein must be followed. And the revealed truths in those books make claims about matters of social justice and equality all the time, for example the treatment of homosexuals, or women, or rape victims, claims that religious believers cite to this day when they discriminate against such groups in the name of their deity.
No gods means no revealed truths by gods, and that means no moral obligation to discriminate against people based on scripture. Is this so hard to understand?
If you consider yourself an atheist and this is not obvious to you, then I’m afraid you’re doing it wrong.