Reflections on Ethics 26
The Immorality of Disbelief
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A recent survey by pollster Michael Adams found that 58% of Americans claim it is necessary to believe in God to be a moral person.
As far as these folks are concerned, and they are the majority of Americans, how we live our lives is entirely irrelevant. If we don't believe in God, we are automatically immoral.
Even if we chose to live our lives totally in accordance with the rules laid down in their holy book yet without belief in their God, we are automatically immoral.
Frankly, I hope these people continue to have a firm and unchanging belief in their deity. For if they lost that belief, apparently they would feel no moral restriction on lying, cheating, stealing, or killing.
To consider that morality can only come from belief in a god is to demonstrate a complete lack of understanding of what morality is.