Plenty of kind, decent, caring people have no religious beliefs, and they act out of the goodness of their hearts. Conversely, plenty of people who profess to be religious, even those who worship regularly, show no particular interest in the world beyond themselves.
The sick "morality" of the Bible
(EDIT 2012.03.24: Added a third recent link to recent online articles, to the original two links.)
Don't ever let anyone feed you that greatest lie of the religious: "But our morality comes from God!"
Anyone reading this page is likely well aware of the litany of horrors visited on men, women, and children in the name of God, or by God himself, in the Bible. (No, things aren't any better in the books of the other Abrahamic faiths, either.) Nothing new to report here. I just wanted to draw attention to three recent posts highlighting the sick immorality of the Christian God:
God is NOT pro-life on Newsvine.com
Does Morality Come From God? from Debunking Christianity
15 Bible Texts Reveal Why “God’s Own Party” is at War with Women from exchristian.net
Human sacrifice. Genocide. Armed slaughter of whole cities, followed by the mass rape of captive women. The gruesome butchering of children and fetuses, again and again. These are not the Bible's reports of depraved acts committed by imperfect mankind while God and Jesus look on weeping; these are the vile acts commanded by or directly committed by the Christian God.
If you can stomach more along those lines, I earlier offered the following tally of the ways in which God "so loved the world":
And, of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out these online catalogs of Biblical depravity:
Cruelty and Violence in the Bible from the Skeptic's Annotated Bible
These are excellent resources for countering any and all claims of wonderful "Biblical morality". What's truly sad, though, is that there are so many heinous murdering, bloodthirsty, woman-hating, slavery-loving acts committed by the Christian God that no normal person could memorize them all.
Perhaps a good goal for anyone wishing to see society live by actual morality would be this: Commit a good 10 instances of God's wickedness to memory, complete with scriptural reference. That should give pause to all but the most loudly-screeching of Biblical "moralists".
I think that's just what I'll do: list my "Worst 10" examples of the Bible's sick "morality", and make the effort to memorize those. Stay tuned for the list. While I get started, feel free to make suggestions. What do you think are the most heinous examples of the Bible's sick "morality"?