My husband and I were BSing in the car when I mentioned in passing that I'd be praying if I was on the back of a sports motorcycle that was going about 60mph, like the girl we'd just passed. My husband, also an atheist, grinned and asked who I'd be praying to.
Without missing a beat, I said "I'd be praying to our great Lord and Savior, Sagan. All hail his name."
Within seconds we'd put together an atheist pantheon, and I was so amused by the idea that I thought I'd share.
All hail the great and mighty Sagan.
All hail and worship the Son of Sagan, Neil Degrasse Tyson.
The saints of this pantheon would be Saint Dawkins, Saint Dennet, Saint Myers and Saint Harris for the multiple miracles performed in the name of skepticism and science.
The two apologists for this particular religion (if you can call it such!) would be Hitch and Ophelia Benson.
We giggled all the way home on this. Pure gold.