Recently a Professor of Religion, who is a Christian, reflected on what atheists and believers have in common. Christians often say atheists have no moral grounding and believe in nothing. They never offer evidence the moral values of atheists is worse the their own, they merely have that opinion.
Reality is moral values are cultural, not religious. Invariably, moral values come from a culture. Religions pick them up and claim to be the source.
If we go to the prison population, we see Christians imprisoned in rates at least as strong as their percentage in the population. It is said atheists are under represented.
I will not claim today Christians have lower moral standards. They share the same standards as those of other religions and of those with no religion.
The average person carries around the notion he/she has some self interest in not stealing, killing, cheating or lying. The self interest is that if one person gets away with others will see this and start the same behavior. Bad behavior will then come back to harm him.
I’ve observed the same amount of volunteering to help community causes from atheists as from believers. Community minded values of both are needed everywhere.
I’m in favor of believers believing if it helps them. I’m not in favor of attitudes reflected in survey which show the majority of people will not vote for an atheists running for public office.
This harms us all by limited the number of candidates offering to perform public service.