While I find this article interesting and agree with many of its points, I don’t agree with its basic premise:
‘“The John Adams Center explains, “Because the American republic is a free republic, therefore, it was designed for a religious people.”
In 1776, Adams wrote, “[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand.
“It is in this context that we understand Adams, who had predicted the fall of the French Revolution in 1790 when he said, “I know not what to make of a republic of 30 million atheists.”‘
I don’t believe that morality requires religion unless “morality” in the above context only means “adherent to the principles of one’s religion.” Morality in that case would vary widely depending on the religion.
Muslims, for instance, have lots of religion. They have so much religion that they’re in danger at all times of being choked by it. Almost everything they do has a specific rule about it in their religion and a majority of Muslims are zealous about trying to follow every one. But what their religion teaches as “moral” are things we consider flat out evil: bestiality, gender apartheid, maiming, pedophilia, rape, slavery, stoning, murder of unbelievers, torture, censorship….
Ha. It may be true that we in the west tend to judge everyone by our own standards but I don’t believe our standards are based purely on religion. If they were, we’d still be marrying rape victims to their rapists or stoning her if he didn’t want to marry her; we’d still consider animal and child sacrifice as valid as Abraham did; we’d still be cutting POWs in half like King David did; murdering unbelievers; marrying little girls to old men; keeping slaves; raping and pillaging….
There’s a great meme on religious “morality” called “Why Can’t I Own a Canadian?” at http://www.humanistsofutah.org/2002/WhyCantIOwnACanadian_10-02.html
A lot of Americans still have religion, but, unlike huge numbers of Muslims, think for themselves as well. They don’t let the behavior of people in the Bible wholly dictate their behavior as Muslims do the behavior of their prophet or his dictates via the Koran.
No. American Christians, Buddhists, Jews, agnostics, atheists, Wiccans, and others all live under the same civil laws here. We all have the same rights and responsibilities vis-a-vis one another, regardless of our religion or lack there of.
Our “morality” is treating one another fairly and with as much respect as they treat us. We do our best to treat others the way we want to be treated and when we fail badly at that, we pay fines, do our time in jail, or could even face execution. Yes, that’s golden rule, but it’s a practical rule; it’s not an empty one based purely on dogma.
We don’t abuse each other inasmuch as we don’t want to be abused.
We don’t cheat one another inasmuch as we don’t want to be cheated.
We maintain our freedom of speech even if we disagree. Slander is illegal only because it’s spitefully untrue. Speaking the truth is only forbidden when it violates national security protocols. We have to be able to criticise on every topic, even religion, so to work out difficulties of all sorts and better ourselves.
You can call that “morality” if you want to, but it’s not based on religion. It’s just common sense. It’s what we need to harmonize and prosper as a united people from divergent cultures and ideologies.
In light of all of the above, understand this: the reason why the Muslim refugees in Europe and many other places are totally lacking in decency, ethics, morality, or harmonious conduct – whatever you want to call it – is because they are both utterly controlled an utterly frustrated by dogma alone.
Small but serious point here: Gender Apartheid? Is that even natural? It’s results epitomized by the behavior of Muslim men would incline me to give it a great big ABSOLUTELY NOT! That’s insane.
They don’t know how to think for themselves when it comes to discerning right from wrong. They really don’t. And their dogma just doesn’t cover getting along with others.
So either reject them as you would rabid dogs, or quarantine them while cutting their dogmatic chains and just teach them what harmonizing with other really means and how it benefits them. Otherwise, they’ll do no good anywhere but just spread like a disease.