Madalyn Murray O'Hair wrote a statement that expresses a very common misconception in atheist thought and argument. Her statement was as follows:
An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.
A simple response would be to restate this statement form a theistic point of view: