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Posted by Mario Dovalina on February 6, 2001 03:43:21 UTC

Despite my agnostic beliefs, I will begrudgingly admit that religion is a necessary adhesive to hold societies together. I think that I would fall under most peoples' standards of a moral person; I'm not moral out of fear/hope of an afterlife, but because my actions can help other people. Not all people see things this way, however, and to normalize atheism would cause our foundations to crumble. With no eternal reward or punishment, how else would we keep the three day Christians in line?

I'm not just saying this, either. A few months ago I mentioned a statistic to my mom that I'd read recently. Something along the lines of 70% of Americans would not vote for an Atheist. I criticized that view. My mom, however, disagreed. She said that if you're an Atheist it means you're immoral. When I questioned this, she went on to say that they are immoral because they don't believe their good deeds will go rewarded, etc.

So, I said so her: "You think the only reason people are altruistic is to get a prize? The only reason you're moral on a day to day basis is to get into Heaven?"

She said yes.

Atheism will NOT work on a large scale.

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