He wasn't necessarily ridiculing those who believe. He was ridiculing those who thank their higher power for ridiculous things.<quoted text>
Believing in a higher power is not pathetic, ridiculing those who do is.
Why would god care what team wins the Super Bowl? and why thank god for killing people in a natural disaster just because you yourself survived? Why thank god for finding your car keys when there are children CHILDREN who starve to death everyday?
And why thank god for surviving a life threatening illness after receiving medical treatment? If prayer worked people would go to church when they got sick, not the hospital.