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.
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 Ted Cruz would do, if he had the power. Religion stifles our greatest minds.
Many religious people will not see it like this, but I've talked to people who grew up with organized religion; and their minds aren't only closed, but sealed and padlocked to new ideas and often times, common sense. Facts and science do matter.
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.