Given the strange but consistent view towards martredom amongst theists, against the rational sense of self preservation, this seems to me that there is something interesting in the human psyche that bears some further investigation. As part of this I wish to have a look at the atheist response

I therefore have a simple question to put before you which is as follows

Lets say you were a major player in the fight for reason, now then you are captured by some extremists of X and told, either publically claim to have converted to X, or die a horrible death. Now you know that your public conversion, might lead various people on the brink of dropping their theist claims to continue being theists,seeing you in theist eyes to be a coward and lacking the courgae of your convictions. In this case, would you die for your atheist belief, or pretend to convert, saving your own life?