quote: The fact of the matter is, belief in God (thus believe in eternal consequence) is what keeps a very large percentage of the populace from doing terrible things on a regular basis in order to "further" themselves.
quote: 95% of people don't need any fear of punishment to behave like normal human beings and 95% of the rest get plenty of fear from regular, earthly punishment.
quote: During the storm and it's immediate aftermath, when the rule of law collapsed, there was looting, mugging, and raping on a scale seldom seen in the US.
quote: 1). On the other hand, deciding that I am an atheist (I am not) simply because I feel that religion isn't the biggest driver of morality is a bit inflammatory.