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A place for atheists to discuss morality issues. What shapes your morality? What new perspectives have you found since abandoning faith (if you ever had any)? Is there any merit to religious moral authority?

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How Religion can make you happy to kill! - Thunderf00t

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Defining Evil in today's world

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Climate Destabilization Is Violence From Above

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Natural Selection and Morals

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Thinking about science increases morality

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The New Abolitionists

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Markets suspend morality

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Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on January 30, 2009 at 12:00am
I found this entry under Morality in Wikipedia. It seems to need "updating" to reflect reality.


Modern research in criminology also acknowledges an inverse relationship between religion and crime,[28] with many studies establishing this beneficial connection (though some claim it is a modest one).[29] Indeed, a meta-analysis of 60 studies on religion and crime concluded, “religious behaviors and beliefs exert a moderate deterrent effect on individuals’ criminal behavior”.[30]
Comment by Reality Activist on December 3, 2008 at 10:04am
As a point of reference for others, I will use the word "moral", but there are better terms that can be used that do not have religious connotations. Since morals are directly related to one's beliefs, morals can be immoral when translated into behavior. Christians get their morals from their interpretation of the Bible which is similar to Muslims with respect to the Koran. Unfortunately, atheists also can fall into this trap because their beliefs may not have a rational premise even though the belief that is related to their premise may be completely rational. The premise for most beliefs seems to focus on the desire of how things should be. Consequently, when one tries to behave in a way that is consistent with the belief, they tend to not see the present or the reality of the situation. For example, a certain behavior may be harmless, but if it doesn't fit in with how one would like to see the world, it is considered immoral. A good example of this is Polyamous relationships. Another example is when many atheists voted for a third party candidate in November when the need was to prevent an ultra conservative from being appointed to the Supreme Court. Of course, by taking the atheist vote away from the candidate that would protect the Supreme Court, they actually let their belief get in the way of a rational selection. Fortunately (in this context), because of the economics situation, the protector of the Constitution won. The first example is of a cultural fundamentalist. The second is an example of a political fundamentalist. It would behoove all of us to check our beliefs and question the premise which is their foundation.
Comment by Evilgenius20 on September 10, 2008 at 12:16am
 

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