I believe that human beings have the power of thought, reason and empathy. I believe that we all have the inate ability to determine right from wrong, without seeking guidance from warmongering goat-herders or self-righteous pedophiles. We are respecting neither ourselves nor each other if we insist that we are unable to think critically nor develop our own morality without divine assistance.
I believe that no religion has ever offered anything unique to matters of morality. They recycle values that were already universally regarded as ‘good’ and then claim ‘ownership’ of these ideas. They then make the claim, and it is almost always believed, that without faith a person cannot know right from wrong.
On the contrary, the common values that exist in the world today, are testament to reasoned, discussed, secular philosophy.
I believe that religious institutions are selling a fake product to gullible people. They promote dissatisfaction with this life, so people can look forward to the next. They offer false comfort to those in need, and they claim credit for the efforts of scientists, engineers and doctors, asserting that a saved life is a ‘miracle.’"
(Source: The Huffington Post)