I hate this kind of casual smack at atheists. I really do. It just makes me tired. And it so common.
Don’t be afraid to be pious.
We lose nothing in being devout and we gain ineffable benefits.
Do not be afraid to bend yourself down before God especially and also to the angels and saints our intercessors and patrons and be simply pious. Man was made to be pious. This is the essence of religion, without which we are empty shells: to give due reverence to God. The sin of our first parents came from trying to be the opposite of pious: self-sufficient self-gods. That was defiance of due piety. But people can drift into the same emptiness of life by neglect of piety and devotion, neglect of fostering the habits of devotion.
Consider the benefits of devotion for a moment, and then consider the downside of being – not impious, in the sense of being wicked – but slothful and haphazard and lukewarm.
I am an atheist and I am not an empty shell. I am not empty at all.
I am an atheist and I am not slothful, haphazard or lukewarm.
I am an atheist and I am human, too.
I am an atheist and I am not less than you, John Zuhlsdorf.
I am an atheist and I have feelings and they can be hurt.
I am an atheist and if you prick me, I will bleed.I am an atheist and you hate me.
I am an atheist and you've never met me.
I am an atheist and I'm done apologizing.
I am an atheist and I'm done asking.
I am an atheist and I will make you listen.
I am an atheist and I've come here to demand your respect.
I am an atheist and I'm not leaving until I've got it.