Atheism is an attitude - a self-centered, elitist conceit about one’s supposed intellectual superiority coupled with a desire to have this alleged superiority acknowledged by others.
And Mark knows this because he's spent time with hordes of non-believers....right....
Meanwhile, we’re just sorry for them; and we’ll keep praying for them. Its so hard to see some of our fellows so cut off from reason and love - so unwilling to first admit to the superior and then realize you can endlessly draw upon this superior for whatever it is you need.
One thing that really turns me off about religion: how people like Noonan act so condescending towards others who don't share their beliefs as lost souls that need to be continued to be prayed for and that one day, they'll see the light and beg for forgiveness. Mind you, i'm not an atheist (i'm agnostic), but reading condescending shit like this really pisses me off.
The sad part is that Mark could have addressed how both sides - the hard-liners of belief and non-belief - do each other no service by legitimizing the viewpoints that Christians are a bunch of brainwashed morons who look down on others or that atheists are arrogant pricks who enjoy boasting how intelligent they are from everyone else, but instead he just legitimizes the former.