Atheist Meme of the Day: Religion Does Not Confer Morality

Scarlet letter Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!

Religion is not necessary to be a good person. If it were, religious believers and authority figures would be better, kinder, more socially responsible, and less likely to commit grossly evil acts than atheists — and that is patently not the case. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.


  1. says

    From the purest standpoint, it’s a troubling argument. Because if morality is deeply tied up in the concept of believing in religion anyway, maybe you could never be “morally just” in the eyes of a zealot. I.e. belief might be a prerequisite to morality in some people’s eyes. Take Mother Theresa and subtract religion, and maybe the zealots would say she can no longer claim a moral high-ground. All she is is a f$#&@* nice person.

  2. vel says

    lots claim it is “too” the case and if one brings up the vast numbers of examples about how religion does not confer morality, they claim that the examples weren’t “real” Christians, Muslims, etc. I see it every day on the WWGHA forums. As for Mother Theresa, she was not the “nice” person that has been marketed. Just do a little research on her and find out.

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