I am growing increasingly frustrated with Theists, who continually misrepresent the position of the overwhelming majority of 'New Atheists'. What I'm referring to is when the belief that "there is no god" is imposed on us, or is attacked as a straw-man of atheism. I have lost count of the number of times that I've had to categorically state to Theists that I do not hold that position, nor do I know of any atheists who will admit they do if you press them.
The position that I and many others hold, is that we do not believe in any gods, which is vastly different to believing that no gods exist. I will try to explain this distinction, as it seems like Theists simply cannot fathom it.
The first important concept to grasp that should help to understand the distinction, is that one of the positions makes an assumption of knowledge, and the other does not, if you guessed that the 'there are no gods' position was the one that assumed knowledge, congratulations, you have already passed the first test.
The second important concept to grasp relates to agnosticism. The position held by most atheists, could be described accurately as 'Agnostic Atheism'. This translates to the view that "I have no knowledge of the existence of any gods, therefore I do not believe in any". This is in stark contrast to what I would call antitheism (the 'there are no gods position'), which assumes to have knowledge that no gods exist.
If you had no trouble understanding the distinction between my atheism, and antitheism congratulations, you passed both tests, and should never make this error again.