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Atheists and Morals

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One of my major gripes about the way atheists are viewed is the belief that morality is exclusive to and attached only to religion.

Nothing can be further from the truth.

Religions have grown from a set of rules usually determined by a “holy” man-made book written thousands of years ago, or even decades ago (such as Scientology).

Like the 10 comandments, religions advocate moral behavior which is inherent for human survival. Without those behaviors, society as we know it would not be viable. Stealing from your neighbor, killing your neighbor or sleeping with your neighbor’s wife will only provoke considerable conflict which ultimately can wipe mankind. So it is a question of survival to behave in what we call a moral way. 

That said, I have no problem with commandments number 6-10. Honoring your mother and your father who raised you and fed you and gave you love is just the right thing to do, and you also want your kids to do the same. Finally, the Do Not Covet commandment just saves you from being eternally unhappy and frustrated because someone will always have more than you. Commandments 1-5 just don’t make any sense.

Morals are passed from parents to children. Children observe how their parents treat others and how they behave. Values are passed on from parents and educators as well. People with higher IQ tend to make better decisions. People who are emotionally healthy and grew up surrounded by love, attention and discipline are less impulsive, therefore making better decisions in life.

Parents do not need religion to raise thoughtful, respectful, polite and emotionally healthy kids. This is the great fallacy that so many people in this country and in other religious countries still believe in.  Delinquent behavior, drug and alcohol abuse and teenage pregnancy are found amongst the less educated and are very frequent in religious communities.

Family is the key. Divorce is negative for kids. If it can be avoided, it should. A strong and stable family is the still the best foundation for a kid to progress. You can be an atheist (a sign of higher intelligence in itself :)) and raise your children to be very moral kids without creating in them the fear of god’s wrath, the belief in supernatural beings and the damnation from hell. You can teach them respect, kindness, honesty and generosity. You can tell them about the dangers of drugs and the emotional consequences of promiscuous behavior. You can teach them about STD’s and the damage that chemical recreational drugs do to your brain and body.  You will provide love and understanding in their difficult moments. You will encourage them to be responsible and considerate with others.

They will become well rounded and stable adults without ever setting foot in a church or a synagogue or attending mass.

Call me a Moral Atheist. I conduct myself in a moral way and I raised my children that way as well. Believing in heaven and hell, angels and a man called Jesus whose existence we are not sure about is not going to make me a better human being.  Treats others as you would like to be treated. That usually is a golden formula. Empathy is a quality that not everyone has but helps you be the kind of person who conducts a moral life. Without religion nonsense.

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November 1, 2007 - Posted by | Atheism

5 Comments »

  1. Great post… It’s always refreshing to find someone with some goddamn sense!

    Comment by Alex | November 2, 2007 | Reply

  2. […] Atheists and Morals November 20071 comment 4 […]

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  3. My close friend had a father who was Christian Capitalist. He then turned Athiest Communist. He then developed Altzheimers Disease.He would be in his room, repeating for hours, “Help me God”.

    Comment by Todd Chavey | February 19, 2011 | Reply

  4. I think Atheism is a mental disorder in that it naively thinks that it’s opinion matters to others. Don’t believe in a God, good for you, but their are people who don’t believe in religion/God but don’t feel the need to wear it on their sleeve and antagonise others who do choose to believe in it.

    Comment by Jim | April 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Jim, we are surrounded by religious propaganda everywhere. I don’t say these Chistians who advertise their faith all the time are wearing it on their sleeve and antagonizing us non-believers. If they have the right to talk about their faith, so do we.

      Comment by Brasilmagic | April 12, 2011 | Reply


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