"I steadfastly maintain that only with the complete, irrevocable
rejection of God and the supernatural will humankind truly begin to live.
Rather than producing a feeling of despair, the decision to embrace atheism
should result in an exhilarating, almost intoxicating sense of freedom,
something akin to the experience of those American slaves who rejoiced
upon hearing news of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Only the
atheist is truly free."
"The Serpent and the Tower," published in The American Rationalist magazine, March-April 1985, (Volume 29, Number 6)