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MOST Christians/ Muslims assume atheists are without morals due to the simple fact that they don’t believe in the Christian/ Muslim god.
Some argue that morality comes from god, that god defines what is good and what is bad. These same folks argue further that because atheists don’t believe in this god, they’re cut off from the god, and thus cut off from the moral directives supposedly supplied by this god.
The same ‘feeling’ they claim as the basis for their faith, the connection to their god they presume causes this feeling, is the same source of morality they believe atheists lack.
Some argue that atheists, because they don’t believe in the Christian/ Muslim god, therefore do not believe in ANYTHING, including moral behavior.
The truth is, atheism is nothing more and nothing less than not believing in the existence of gods.
Atheism is AMORAL. It’s also A-EVERYTHING ELSE. It has nothing to do with anything besides the question of belief in gods. Except if you’re a believer in gods, and also believe that morality can only come from your god.
This does not mean that an atheist is amoral. Atheists draw moral conclusions and opinions from the same sources as everyone else. Those sources are the innate human capacities known as ’empathy’ and ‘compassion’.
Every ‘normal’ human experiences empathy and compassion. A human who does not experience empathy has a mental disorder, and is a sociopath.
Questions about what is right and what is wrong have been asked for thousands of years throughout human history, with answers varying to one extreme or another, and everywhere in between.
For the most part, human morality is relative, subject to the knowledge, experiences and desires of the society at the time.
However, when one group wishes to claim moral superiority based on the supposed whims of a source they cannot produce to any degree at all, there will be problems, and there will be conflicts. Enter the ‘holy war’…
A secular and humanistic ethos cannot help but be morally superior to any and every religion that pretends it’s got the Red Line to a supreme, supernatural moral authority that can’t even be proved to exist.
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