Morals Without Religion

In the keynote lecture from the 2019 Humanists UK Convention, Humanists UK President Professor Alice Roberts, above, takes us on a personal exploration of Margaret Knight’s 1950s radio essay series, ‘Morals Without Religion’, to examine changing attitudes to, and controversies around, the idea of non-religious morality. She discusses the place of faith schools in modern Britain and why arguments against them often provoke fierce debate.

I consider myself a moral person, in fact, the further I move away from my early years when my existence was dominated by my religious upbringing the more moral I have become. You’ll notice I don’t use the words honest:

Honesty is a facet of moral character that connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, straightforwardness, including straightforwardness of conduct, along with the absence of lying, cheating, theft, etc. Honesty also involves being trustworthy, loyal, fair, and sincere. — Wikipedia

I know many “religious” people who try to convert me to their beliefs… they have no chance. The kinder people are not aggressive and will merely pop in the odd “Jesus loves you” quote. The more militant god botherer abuses my acceptance of their convictions with a lack of respect for my way of life. They don’t accept that my moral code is acceptable because it’s not from their “holy” book.

Updated May 16, 2020

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A Crazed Dad Flogs His Daughters For Twerking

The original Facebook video that this story was based on has been removed. Greg Horn, the father discovered his two daughters had made a video of themselves twerking. Horn, a Christain, lost control and flogged his two daughters with an electric cable.

“A Dayton man has been indicted on charges of child endangering, corporal punishment after police said he beat his daughters. Police said Greg Horn, 35, is accused of whipping his daughters in the legs with a video cable that connected his TV to his DVD player. The alleged abuse happened at Horn’s home on Fotip Lane. According to the police report, one of the girls had visible welts on both legs in the thigh area with open wounds. The girls told police the beatings were their punishment for sneaking out of the house. The indictment comes this first week of Child Abuse Awareness Month.” – ABC22

Why this level of viciousness?

The girls’ mother reported him to the police. Their parents are separated. This story is not new, it happened in 2013, but I felt compelled to bring it to your attention. At the time the girls were aged 12 and 14. His name is Greg Horn, and this disturbing footage led to his arrest.

The religious nutcases who agree with him

A Google search about the case you will be astonished to read of the amount of support from Horn’s peers for disciplining those girls. To keep them on the straight and narrow requires love, not violence.

Yes, bible bashers believe he did right by following the Bible verse “Spare the rod, spoil the child”. Can you find that? Some religious whackos think the Bible phrase “spare the rod, spoil the child” means you can torture children. Some Christians have explained to me that “spare the rod” means spare the study of the Bible. I’m not so sure, however. I have never seen a lot of love in religious groups.

As an Atheist and I can see that what this father did to his kids is wrong.

Editor: This vicious assault brought back memories of my own childhood. I was raised in the Jehovah’s Witness cult, and corporal punishment was encouraged. Child abuse is rife in religious communities, including sexual assault, where they use scripture as the excuse for that abuse.


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