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Atheists can be good without god
The one thing that has always puzzled me as an atheist is why some religious folk (mainly Christians in my experience) think that we are unable to be decent human beings that can do good things for others.
Take these facebook statuses in the wake of the Newtown school shooting curtsy of Proud Atheist over at Tumblr: The first picture is talking about Vicki Soto, a teacher at Sandy Hook who put all her students in a cupboard before the shooter entered the classroom. When he came in she said her class was in the gym, the shooter then shot and killed her before killing himself.
I’d like to remind everyone of this post: Moral superiority – just because you identity with a community doesn’t mean you are superior to others.
I’m not generalizing all religious people in the same category as the above posters. Plenty of religious folk realise that you don’t need a holy book or supreme being to be a good person nor do they use their holy book or supreme being as a justification for being a good person but for the above posters I don’t think they get it.
You don’t need a holy text or supreme being to be a good person.
In fact I would argue that the above posters confusion about how atheists do good without god means that the only way they can do good is with god. Which is a scary thing when you think about it. People like the above posters are implying that the only way they believe you can do good in the world is: 1) if you do it for your god or 2) to get in your god’s good graces or 3) because their god says so. They aren’t doing good for the sake of doing good but because they are following an instruction.
Which is not obviously not true, this is evident by the number of secular charities that assist people in need.
It’s a sad thought, that someone can only be a good person to appease someone else rather than being a good person because it’s a nice thing to do.
Posts to check out:
Are atheists really good without god? – Ace of Clades
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