Russell Brand has aptly identified a key tool used by the One-Percent to silence critics. A variation is found when a average person complains they are dismissed as ignorant, and when a scholar criticizes they are dismissed as an out-of-touch brainiac.
Just because an "intelligent" person doesn't need the promise of heaven to see the merit in good deeds doesn't mean they don't believe in the promise of heaven. Rant for the day: stop equivocating belief with stupidity. It's fricken annoying