Sunday, February 28, 2010

Page 902 from the "Well No Shit" Files

Stop the presses everyone!

Atheists have morals!

That's right. A nice new scientific study confirms what looking around and noticing that jails aren't full of evil atheists could have already told you.

It's nice confirmation to wag in the faces of the idiots that think morals can only come from God, yet the authors can't leave the article without saying something completely asinine.
"It seems that in many cultures religious concepts and beliefs have become the standard way of conceptualising [sic] moral intuitions,” he said.

"Although, as we discuss in our paper, this link is not a necessary one, many people have become so accustomed to using it, that criticism targeted at religion is experienced as a fundamental threat to our moral existence."
Using religion as a medium for transmitting morals is so fundamental to our existence that criticizing religion is a fundamental threat to morals in general?!

Yes, and I'm sure that slavery was such an important part of the economic prosperity of the United States that criticizing that would be a fundamental threat to economical stability.

Obviously the the researchers didn't get the message of their own research: Many people (atheists and agnostics) are perfectly fine without God, even without having to dress up morality in a religious medium.

Lame attempt at accomodationism is lame.

4 comments:

Lori said...

Exactly!!! I was just saying this to my daughter this morning. Someone tried to use the argument that atheism is a wrong path to take because Hitler and Stalin were atheists. ugghhhh I get so annoyed with stupid comments like that. So that means all atheists are immoral? Wow! lol

Great post!

JHSteinberg said...

I don't see the authors saying that criticising religion is a fundamental threat to our morality; I see the authors saying that the link between morals and religion has been so widely taken for granted that many people percieve crticizing religion as being a fundamental threat to our morality.

That's not accomodationism, that's stating the obvious.

Jose said...

Talk show host Dennis Pregar makes the point that the philosophies in the 20 century responsible for the greatest amount of human suffering (death of millions of people around the world) were Nazism and Communism. Both philosophies deny the existence of a creator.

He points out Nazism and Communism were (are) hostile to religion, religious beliefs, institutions, and members.

Communists have caused - 70 million killed in China, 20-30 million in the former Soviet Union, and almost one-third of all Cambodians; the decimation of Tibetan and Chinese culture; totalitarian enslavement of North Koreans, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Russians; a generation deprived of human rights in Cuba; and much more.

Nazis have caused 12,686,500 deaths (5 million Jews, 3 million Catholics, 700,000 Serbians, 170,000 Germans, 12,000 homosexuals, 3 million prisoners of war, and 224,500 others).

The question is why have two philosophies the deny the existence of a creator been the cause of so much human suffering? What can we learn from this?

JHSteinberg said...

I don't see the authors saying that criticising religion is a fundamental threat to our morality; I see the authors saying that the link between morals and religion has been so widely taken for granted that many people percieve crticizing religion as being a fundamental threat to our morality.

That's not accomodationism, that's stating the obvious.