So you as a determinist believe in freedom when it against religious discourses but reject in in all other philosophical ways? I thought a "puppet is as free as long as he loves his strings" and we are all puppets ? You have one standard in metaphysics and another in life.
Don't be angry at Sam. His every action, thought, and word was generated by a previous set of conditions of which he had no conscious awareness or authorship. Where are you inside your brain? Wherever that is can be cut in half with a knife.