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"I’ll tell you what you did with Atheists for about 1500 years. You outlawed them from the universities, or any teaching careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their books or their writings of any kind, drove them into exile, humiliated them, seized their properties, arrested them for blasphemy. You dehumanized them with beatings and exquisite torture, gouged out their eyes, slit their tongues, stretched, crushed, or broke their limbs, tore off their breasts if they were a woman, crushed their scrotums of they were men, imprisoned them, stabbed them, disemboweled them, hung them, burnt them alive. And you have the nerve enough to complain to me that I laugh at you."
My morals are loosely based on the founding principles of Jainism. I in no way associate myself with its religious aspects, but as philosophers they were brilliant.
I’ll list a few of their beliefs if you are unfamiliar with them: Cause no harm to any living being, speak the harmless truth only, and detach completely from people, places, and material things.
That said, I’m not saying killing children is unnatural. It’s observed in numerous species and is an insanely common occurrence for various reasons. Not all instances does this occur without repercussion and the perpetrator may be exiled or killed by those affected by the death of the offspring.
It is like you said though, humans are simply animals and nothing more. However compared to any other living organism on Earth, humans posses highly developed brains capable of introspection, language, and logical-thinking. Utilizing this mental capacity humans have been able to create complex social structures which establish ethics, and values which are the basis of our functioning society.
Now let’s say it becomes a social norm to execute children, for the lulz. Government mandated. Do you really think society is going to be all ‘Yeah, man go for it.’? People would be pissed. The repercussions wouldn’t come from a divine being, they wouldn’t come from some dictator; repercussions would come from the convergence of a bunch of pissed off animals that posses the mental capacity through centuries of evolutionary development to differentiate right from wrong using common sense.
Post script, I sucked at essay questions in school.
"Why should I allow that same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to drown His own?"
"If you think that it would be impossible to improve upon the Ten Commandments as a statement of morality, you really owe it to yourself to read some other scriptures. Once again, we need look no further than the Jains: Mahavira, the Jain patriarch, surpassed the morality of the Bible with a single sentence: “Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being.” Imagine how different our world might be if the Bible contained this as its central precept. Christians have abused, oppressed, enslaved, insulted, tormented, tortured, and killed people in the name of God for centuries, on the basis of a theologically defensible reading of the Bible."
"Beyond the universe there is nothing and within the universe the supernatural does not and cannot exist. Of all deceivers who have plagued mankind, none are so deeply ruinous to human happiness as those impostors who pretend to lead by a light above nature. Science has never killed or persecuted a single person for doubting or denying its teachings, and most of these teachings have been true; but religion has murdered millions for doubting or denying her dogmas, and most of these dogmas have been false."
"Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-o, and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have."
"Imagine a world in which generations of human beings come to believe that certain films were made by God or that specific software was coded by him. Imagine a future in which millions of our descendants murder each other over rival interpretations of Star Wars or Windows 98. Could anything-anything-be more ridiculous? And yet, this would be no more ridiculous than the world we are living in."
"Man created God in his image: intolerant, sexist, homophobic and violent."
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