A disturbing trend has been evidenced of late, in the Volconvo community and in well-publicized debate. This trend is the idea that God is morality, and that without God, atheists have no moral center. Allow me to debunk this ghastly assertion once and for all by presenting you this God of Love in all His glory.
Humans can be cruel to other humans: This is a fact. God does nothing to stop this. In the thousands upon thousands of years humanity has been on this Earth, not once has God seen fit to end murder, rape, persecution, dictatorial rule, hate, malcontent, abuse, neglect, and any other foul action capable of humans. But let us ignore this. Though this is not in the Bible, God apparently gave humans free will, and we may act as we please. Moving on.
God can be cruel to humans: This is noted in the mythologies of the great monotheistic religions. The Old Testament alone is riddled with plagues, condemnations, sacrifice of sons, mass genocide, condoned rape, slavery, and my all time favorite: the Book of Job, wherein God decides he wants to utterly annihilate everything good in Job's life, all to test just how blindly devoted Job is. What does this ultimately condone? The idea that dictatorial rule by some sick, twisted, maniacal authority figure is not only acceptable, but praiseworthy -- remember, we still have to worship this guy ostensibly.
Nature can be cruel to humans: One need only note things like the 1994 Sudan famine, the 2004 tsunami, the earthquake in Haiti, or the black death in the 14th century to see how nature can savagely destroy humans in a seemingly indiscriminate pattern. Unless you ascribe to the notion that those who sin are going to be punished, where's the pattern? I see no suspension of the natural forces to accommodate, say, an innocent child who has never done anything wrong in his or her life. As mythology tells us, nature was created by God, and he is therefore the source of this cruelty.
If God is the source of morality, why is it so corrupted and savage? If God is the source of morality, why is man capable of such superiority to the murdering psychopathic behavior we see in the 'holy books'? No, I contend that if God really does exist, then he is no more infallible than the rest of humanity. He is beneath the majority of our personal morals, plucked from the air though they be. Indeed, his moralities seem plucked from the same air that ours was. Now gee, doesn't that sound suspicious? Almost as though the Bible and other works of 'faith' are just as lacking in absolute morality as we heathen atheists are.
I implore everyone to challenge this disgusting stereotype that atheists cannot have authority in morality. I encourage everyone to denounce the monopoly on morals that the religious are granted. We don't need evolution to explain our choice in morality. We need only our hearts and minds to know what is right for mankind -- not an ambiguous, hypocritical, terrifyingly sadistic book of lies, and not a scientific theory that speaks nothing on the nature of morality.