Midchuck - Great point about the atheist being just another kind of religious person! Right on! Everyone is religious about something, the only question is what. Some people worship money, some worship fame, some worship material goods, some worship Jehovah, some worship Jesus Christ, some worship science and technology, some worship Krishna, some worship sex, some worship their own intellect, and some worship combinations of the above, plus a million other things.
They all find plenty of ways, both rational and irrational to defend their chosen deity(s).
Fine with me. I believe in freedom of religion.
I don't doubt that some have "sold their souls to the Devil", although my concept of exactly what that means might differ from yours in various ways.