For me, as was said, spiritual abuse lead to my eventual freedom to think/reason/investigate. For that, I suppose I should thank the Watchtower organization.
I suspect that many 'believers' think that atheists are just haters of god. I am not. I am simply one who is interested in facts, not fiction. If god were impossible to ignore, visible, or presented some evidence that was irrefutable, I would have no problem lining up to accept him. Part of my problem with the whole thing is the required fear of, and acceptance of, anything without evidence.
If someone told me that Alice in Wonderland was conversing with the Purple People Eater on the hill, I would take a look. If I perceived an image that appeared to be such an event, I would then be willing to concede that at least with my initial senses it appeared to be what was claimed. If further investigation made the claim even more convincing, I might have to concede, that despite my initial reservations, this might be so.
But if someone expected me to just 'believe' and have 'faith' that Alice in Wonderland was conversing with the Purple People Eater on the hill, I would tell them to take a leap. Who would do such a thing? No rational being would do so! Yet, the story of God begins for most people in a garden, where a naked lady listened to a talking snake and ate God's apple, thereby creating an evil world that could only be saved by God coming to earth and letting mankind kill him.
Most the fairy tales my mom told me at bedtime were less delusional in nature.
But hand me proof - or even some sort of strong circumstantial evidence - and I would drop the atheist label and consider a new badge. But so far, in thousands of years of history of man - no one has done so.