I can't express my beliefs as perfectly as he did and I just want to thank him for his work by posting this quote that so succinctly encapsulates my position on religion. Thank you, Hitch. You will be missed.
"The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more."
- Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist