Every pulpit is a pillory, in which stands a hired culprit, defending the justice of his own imprisonment.<quoted text>
let me break this down for you:
you said - "I don't relinquish responsibility for myself to a 'deity' of any kind"
this means that instead of allowing Christ to atone for your sins (which is the only way to the Father), you agree to pay for them yourself.
i'm just trying to cut threw the crap so you can see how it looks from God's perspective:)
-- Robert Green Ingersoll, "Individuality" (1873)