I find this particular bit of rhetoric laughable in light of atheist Francis Crick’s (the co-discoverer of the double-helix pattern of DNA and Nobel Prize winning scientist) admission that, in the atheistic worldview:
“You”, your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.” Francis Crick, The Astonishing Hypothesis, p. 3
Now, call me kooky for thinking so, but natural selection is the most pitiless and totalitarian power you could ever hope to come up with. Pitiless because it is death itself (particularly young death, before the organism has a chance to procreate) that drives the process and is essential for natural selection to operate, and totalitarian because, according to Francis Crick at least, the process of natural selection that spit you out has already pre-ordained everything about you by means of your genetic code.
So see, at the end of the day atheists don’t really object to being slaves to a pitiless, totalitarian power (even if we allow for the moment that God is, which I do not believe) – they just don’t want that power to be a moral being to whom they are accountable.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
– Romans 1:21
*Quoted from Christopher Hitchens in his debate with Frank Turek