I think it is a stategic error to call ourselves atheists because theists have their stock arguments against atheism. I think it is far better to focus on the individual teaching of a particular religion. For instance, it is better to focus on jihad than defending oneself as an atheist.
As in, if you can't stand for something, then you'll fall for anything? I'm totally reading between the lines!! :>
Why would it be considered "good" to torture your loved ones to death simply because it pleases a powerful being?
I'm with you. What the fuck.
My friends, loved ones, kitties, puppies, and random children come before the declarations of some imaginary daddy in the sky.
Pardon me, but I care more about real daddies.
Sometimes I think agnosticism or atheism allows a person to be more moral. But I say that through the lens of thinking what promotes life and health is moral...not by some arbitrary rules that once made sense 1000 years ago, but today have very little relevance because of what we've discovered and invented with science.
"Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul." - Edward Abbey