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  • Ian Cooper

    Good to see a religious website that doesn’t demonize atheists and that recognizes that we’re good people too. Sadly, I haven’t seen that attitude on other websites so far this Christmas. Hopefully that will change.

  • RJ

    John,
    You don’t know what you are talking about.

  • Pierre Savoie

    Really, can’t you give more information than that? There is a whole section on Atheism on about-dot-com, with a myth-busting section to remove misconceptions about Atheists.

    http://atheism.about.com/od/atheismmyths/

    The trend is so real that a little irresponsible news-blogger called the British Broadcasting Corporation said that religion will go extinct in 9 countries, and gives the reasons why.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-12811197

  • DN

    John:

    One only need read a few sentences of Leviticus and compare that with the teachings of preachers and their followers to observe how the faithful also subjectively apply morality.

    The differences, I would say, are that God-followers adopt the views of their religious leaders — many of whom have ulterior motives — and use the name of God to justify their subjective choices, whereas atheists are skeptical of the ulterior motives of religious leaders, and for this and many other very good reasons, try to figure it out on their own. Objectivity of the religious moral perspective is a self-delusion. God thinks like you! How quaint.

  • Ben in oakland

    If men committed the same kind of immoralities that your God commits, we would rightfully call them monsters.

    Oh, Wait! They do, and in the name of God. God told those religious people to murder Jews for 1900 years, fly those airplanes into buildings, execute gay people, burn witches and heretics, and commit every atrocity we have witnessed of man committing against other men. God is simply what you use to justify what cannot be justified by any other means.

    Your pretense that atheists have no moral standards is simply another story you tell yourself to justify your completely unwarranted faith in your wholly imaginary superiority as a “person of faith.”

    I suspect My moral standards are far more rigid than any God botherer’s. But morality for me is not in doing what somebody says god’s will is without reference to standards. My morality says don’t hurt people, and mind my own business. Yours says hurt people if God says so, and mind everyone else’s business.

  • TheGodless

    At best, a religious person can say that their deity can say that killing and slavery is good and they must agree that they are good too. Divine command morality is riddled with more issues that secular morality. We are reasonable is saying that everything comes from natural sources by the fact that everything we have ever observed has come from natural origins. No gods needed for morality. By the way, if you looked into the actual evidence for morality being superstition-free, you would realize how ignorant your statements are.

  • Richard Rush

    John,

    “. . . look up any apologetics site for rebuttals, they usually refute all atheists rebuttals, it’s not hard.

    Apologetics: The sleazy art of deceiving people into believing that fallacies are facts.

  • Phil Pearson

    I’m with Ian. I find the attitude and tone of this publication refreshing and completely consistent with true American values: Live and let live and respect others. That’s a holiday message we should all support.

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  • Davis

    The article advocates for religious parents to have tolerance for nonreligious children. Then the non-religious children fill the comments section with vitriol for the religious. Pot, meet the kettle.

  • Here here. I agree with you. The violent tones we so often hear and read online due to the divisiveness of religion is quite worrisome. So it’s nice to read a piece that supports respect for one another.

  • Larry

    All the article needed was 4 words to answer its title question, “Don’t be a jerk”.

  • NORM R. ALLEN JR.

    It is great to hear that the author of this article is still going strong after so many years. This is an excellent and thoughtful piece.