Penn Jillette: God, No!
Better to be uneducated than educated by your government.
It`s not sad to feel that life and the love of your real friends and family is more than enough to make life worth living. Isn`t it much sadder to feel that there is a more important love required than the love of the people who have chosen to spend their limited time with you?
If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again.
You don`t have to be brave or a saint, a martyr, or even very smart to be an atheist. All you have to be able to say is "I don`t know".