Most Atheists and Agnostics are not in an organized group. In fact many of them are against organized beliefs and resent the terms "organized", "religion", "denomination", "group", etc.
No, this is NOT a dumb question. Unfortunately, it is one that a lot of Atheists get bent out of shape over so do not be shocked if you get some rude answers. You might even call Atheism a (non)religion of people who hate the word religion.
Like all people, there are many diverse beliefs ("non") and ideologies (beliefs for people who hate the word belief). Some people with similar beliefs ("non-beliefs") DO organize and enjoy meeting to discuss ideas and work on getting political recognition. Some became Atheistic because of the abuses of organized religion and so do not like the idea of organizing. Some even respond to the term "Atheist" even though there are other words that would better describe them (eg: Anti-Religionist, Humanist, Agnostic, etc).
Here are some things to learn more about that may help you understand "Atheists" better.
Deist: Many of the US founding fathers were Deist. They still believed in "God", but did not like Christianity or organized religions that could abuse people or force them to follow rules that came from church leaders. Many Deists believe in a "non-interventional" God, meaning one that lets people make their own decision (free will) INCLUDING choosing not to follow church "leaders".
Agnostic: Undecided about the existence of god (called soft) or actively decided that god is not present (never will be present while we live) enough to make any firm conclusions (called firm) a good idea. For a Firm Agnostic, anyone who claims to have the only "right" answer is deluded.
Humanist: what people do, and how they deal with each other is the most important. God has nothing (or little) to do with it. Laws are by people for people.
A-religious: Do not care about religion. Often think that it is a waste of time or a bother.
Anti-Religious: Think that religions are bad for people and cause society harm. Feel that they are no longer helpful or were never helpful.
Pantheistic: All religions are part of the Universe. All paths are the same but just seem different
Henotheistic: My religion is right for me but may not be right for you. Your religion may be right for you but not right for me.
Hard Agnostic, non-Abrahamic Henotheistic, Panentheistic, Dystheist
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