Atheism is a necessary condition for emancipation of the mind, but it’s not a sufficient one. You can free yourself from superstition and still end up a nihilist or a hedonist or a Stalinist. What’s innate in our species isn’t the fault of religion. But the bad things that are innate in our species are strengthened by religion and sanctified by it.
The fact is, we are a mammalian species one half-chromosome away from chimpanzees, and it shows. Curing ourselves of religion is only a small step along the road. Fortunately, our brains seem to be evolving.
You say that atheists cannot experience the awe and wonder of the natural world, but I say, if you need to supersize reality, load it with artificial additives and superimpose superstition onto nature, then it is you and those like you, my dear Oprah, who are incapable of experiencing the awe and wonder of the world.
Is it good for the world to appeal to our credulity and not our skepticism? Is it good for the world to worship a deity that takes sides in wars and human affairs? To appeal to our fear and our guilt, is it good for the world? To our terror, or terror of death, is it good to appeal? To preach guilt and shame about the sexual act and the sexual relationship, is this good for the world?
Ask yourself of the while, if these are really religious responsibilities as I maintain they are. To terrify children with the image of hell at eternal punishment, not just of themselves but of their parents and those they love.
Perhaps worse of all to consider woman an inferior creation, is that good for the world? And can you name me a religion that has not done that? To insist that we are created and not evolved in the face of all the evidence, to say that certain books of legend and myth, man-made and primitive are revealed not man-made code.