In Saudia Arabia and many other Islamic nations, Edgar Allan Poe would have been sentenced to lashes or killed for this statement. Not all that different than what Glen Beck would do, if he had the power. Religion stifles our greatest minds.
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for a reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed" - Albert Einstein. Morality does not and should not come from fear.
Richard Dawkins: Against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.