If anyone needs religion to “be good”, then they need to ask themselves, would I do the same without religion? If the answer is yes, then why falsely give credit to religion for the fact that you’re a good person, and if the answer is no, then you are a horrible heartless person that lacks empathy.
You know the kind I mean. The kind that compares religion unfavourably to psychosis, as if psychosis is some kind of awful, disgusting thing that’s only for the weak-willed. The kind that uses ableist slurs to refer to religious people. The kind that suggests religious people should be institutionalized (as if Muslim people haven’t?).
Whether you are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, or atheist is irrelevant to me. What matters is if you have a good heart and do your part in helping people in need, spreading more love and compassion, and try to make a positive difference in the world.
For those who claim that you need religion to be compassionate, well, do you ever wonder how much religion animals needed for the immense amount of care, kindness, and compassion they genuinely demonstrate?
The fact that some religious people still make this proposition tells me that they are openly admitting that the only reason they are “good” is because of religion (even though many of them are causing more harm because of their religious extremism). If your religion is the reason you’re “good”, I have some interesting news for you, you’re not actually a good person, you’re admitting that you’re only doing it because your religion tells you to and hence if not for your religion you’d be a horrible person
Being an atheist allows me to live a better life. Life without God is one that brings me joy, happiness, boosts my self-esteem, leads me to a path that sees all humanity as equal and wants to be there for others, to show acts of kindness to all mankind, and it truly allows me to enjoy life to the fullest. But, I do not expect everyone to feel that way. In my opinion, the fact that we have so many different belief systems in the world that allow billions of people to find peace and tranquility, is wonderful, and I would only hope to see a day when we can all understand and respect that about one another, and most believers will at least understand how and why atheism brings for us those exact same feelings that they obtain through faith.