The atheist is not sitting and watching or playing the game.
He doesn't sit on the sidelines and scoff - he simply has more important things to do... like live life.
We (I, since I can only speak for myself), don't even concern myself with the religion game, the 'who's right and who's wrong and who's going to hell and how to get "saved".
It seems like a silly rat race for people looking for some place to belong. It seems like a crutch for people who would rather make excuses for their lives (God isn't finished with me yet!) than do the hard work it takes to make a real personal change.
It seems, simply, like the easy way out.
You have a "win" card for a game that doesn't exist.