I am an atheist. Atheism is not a religion. There is no assigned moral code; each atheist has his or her own personal morals. There are no written texts giving guidelines to life for atheists. Some acclaimed atheists might just be lazy and want to escape from the responsibility that comes with believing in a god and feeling guilty for blasphemy committed. In that case, I think that this person is not atheist, but just a pathetic human being who doesn’t like to take responsibility for their actions. Sure, atheists do not believe in the existence of a god, but does this mean that they lack morals because they do not follow teachings of a religion?
I say, of course not. It is simply not fair for anyone to judge anyone else for anything, and atheism is a great example. I would like to give viewpoints from many religions, but my general knowledge doesn’t go past the conflict between Christianity (specifically Catholicism) and atheism. My idea of a model Christian is a follower of Christianity, no matter what branch, that lives his or her life by what the Bible says. They might have just converted from another religion, or they might have been raised under their religion. They grew up with their values, taught by their parent figures that were probably influenced by their Christian teachings and what the Bible says. I was raised Catholic, but my family never took me to church a lot. I spent my sixth grade year in a Catholic private school and it was after that year that I decided that Mass was extremely boring and the whole thing started to sound like regurgitated garble after some time. Last year, I decided that I was atheist.
To me, atheism only makes sense and religion doesn’t. Science explains what religion can’t and what science can’t explain, and religion does… doesn’t cut it for me. This might be the attitude for a good amount of atheists around the country, so does this make them immoral people? Sure they are “faithless” when it comes to having faith in a god, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t have faith in another person or have hope for a bad situation. A lot of people look to their god when they are in some sort of slouch. This does not mean that an atheist has nothing to help them get through the harder parts of life. Their disbelief in a deity does not mean that they lack emotion.
Discrimination against atheists is not non-existent. Just because it is not brought up often doesn’t mean it’s not there. To a lot of Americans, for another citizen to be a real American, they need to have some sort of faith, preferably Christianity. Some people do good things because it is something they think that their god would want them to do. Atheists can do plenty of good things as well. Atheists do not do good actions for a god; they do it because in their book, it is what makes a human being a good person.
Christianity teaches that promiscuity is wrong. Does that mean that someone who does not practice Christianity is going to engage in sexual activities left and right? Christianity teaches that humility is commendable. Does this mean that someone who does not practice Christianity is a complete megalomaniac? Fidel Castro is an atheist, but Adolf Hitler was not. Like any large group of people on the world, atheists cannot be judged as an umbrella term.