Let's not sugar coat it, let's not pander or apologize to the religious. God doesn't exist. Anyone who believes in God is insane. We also know that religion is harmful to both the individual believer and society at large in many ways.
The problem is that religion is a socially acceptable form of insanity. This needs to change. If you have an imaginary friend who influences your day to day activities, you should be in an asylum.
The best cure for the disease of religion is prevention. Right now the infection festers and grows because we have allowed a fertile field for it to take root. We can't allow this to continue. We must let them know that we will tolerate their insanity no longer. We can not simply "respect their beliefs" when they do not respect ours, and their beliefs cause untold death and destruction, block life-saving medical and scientific research, and persecute people based on race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Websites like godisimaginary.com and whywontgodhealamputees.com are a giant step in the right direction but more must be done. I believe that a large part of our effort is being wasted trying to help the religious see the ridiculousness of their beliefs. It's been proven that a part of their brain litterally shuts down when faced with facts that disprove their religious beliefs. Despite overwhelming proof to the contrary, they will not change their minds, they still believe. They celebrate and glorify stupidity, which they call "faith".
To finally eradicate the plague of religion, the first step is for atheists to come out of the closet, so to speak. Don't be afraid what your friends, family, or co-workers may think. Remember, you are not alone.
The second step is to create an inhospitable environment for religion. Reject it anywhere you see it. Tell your children not to say "under God" in the pledge of allegiance, point out the ridiculousness of the bible, do not allow people to pray for you or bless you, mock, shame, and embarass their beliefs because frankly we can't let people believe their insanity is acceptable.
Print out the more compelling arguements from atheist websites and hand them out wherever you see Christians handing out their propaganda. Make no mistake, they are out to recruit young children because they know only a child is gullible enough to swallow their load of crap. They give out Christian coloring books to little kids. We can't allow this to happen anymore.
If the next generation sees that it's ok to be an atheist despite what their parents have taught them, that society will accept them and that a large number of successful, popular adults are atheists, we can begin cleansing the world of religion.