I love Ricky...a bit too snarky for me sometimes, because I think people should believe in a god if that's what they need to believe in, but I've thought this very same thing all throughout my adult life.
An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty banished, war eliminated.
In Saudia Arabia and other Islamic nations, Edgar Allan Poe would have been sentenced to 1,000 lashes or killed for this statement. Not all that different from what Glen Beck would do, if he had the power. Religion stifles our greatest minds.