Moral Compass

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic
Why are some 'religious' people so threatened by those that don't 'believe'?

Submitted: April 10, 2019

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Moral Compass

What is it with some people, only a few, that see themselves as ‘religious’ and think those that follow the word of God – their own God of course – are the only ones that live by principles? Without God there is no ‘moral compass’. That seems to be what some of them believe.

I mean, come on! Look at all the wars, the discrimination, the abuse, carried out in the name of religion. You don’t hear of atheists spouting off about how they committed this or that atrocity in the name of ‘Nothing’, do you.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not in any way criticizing people for being religious, in believing in their God, whichever one that might be. I have every respect for all kinds of religions; people have the right to make their own personal choices, and to live their lives in respect of those decisions.

However, what I do have a problem with is those that accuse atheists, like myself, as being ‘directionless’, that ‘any behavior is okay.’ Talk about bigoted tripe! I don’t need a book to tell me how to behave, I don’t need a God to go begging ‘forgiveness of my sins’. I have my own mind, my own rules of behavior, my own codes of acceptable conduct which I follow.

Why should they think that they are entitled to their own beliefs, and I am not? Why should that make them in any way superior? It is not hard to consider others, to be kind, compassionate, emphatic, without the concept of God ordering you in how to go about it.

Religions of all kinds, and non-religions, should be able to exist amicably together, with tolerance for each other’s beliefs. Perhaps those that feel threatened by this idea should ask themselves why that might be.


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