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I couldn't agree more with

I couldn't agree more with everything you just said, with the exception of the very last sentence.

I believe in God, and I pray to him. Those prayers consist of asking him to help me become a better person, and to resist coveting earthly crap that doesn't matter. For the same reasons you list for not worshiping the state, I do not participate in organized religion.

As someone that was raised in a secular household, and has both been an atheist and a christian, I have seen it from both sides. For sure I am a better person now than when I was an atheist, speaking for myself anyways. The problem a lot of atheists have is that they confuse God with religion, and those are two very different things.