Atheist's and morals, where do they come from?
Anyone who's been an atheist for more than 5 minutes has undoubtedly been asked the question "where do you get your morals from?". This is one of those questions that really makes me mad, it's right up there with "why do you hate god?" and "wouldn't you be happier if you believed in god?".
The first time I was asked this question, I was left speechless. It blew my mind that anyone who bases their life on a book filled with rape, murder, and all kinds of stuff that belongs in a NC-17 rated movie, and follows religions that not only condones and forgives these acts, but covers up things like child abuse, could ask a question like that with a straight face. Of course everyone who's religious doesn't think all these things are all fine and okay, but that's besides the point.
It's not the question itself that upsets me, it's the ignorance behind it. It amazes me how many confuse true morals with fear and desire. I hate to break it to you, but if you don't steal your neighbors car because you want to go to heaven instead of hell, that's not morals. I, like most atheists, make most of my moral related decisions based on who I want to be and how I want to be remembered, not fear of what might happen when I die.
When all is said in done, whether you are religious or not, morals should be about how you live, not what happens when you die. Good or bad, religion has no place in morals.