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ColdThinker's Avatar Jump to comment 7 by ColdThinker

From the article: "Dawkins' ideal of a moral foundation without reliance on a god is something that many people think can't work."

I take it that "many people" refers only to "many people in the USA". Equating religion and morality is a major cultural difference between the US and Europe, and it kind of puzzles me. In the US this kind of thinking is ubiquitous, in Europe almost nonexistent.

Personally, I have never met a person living in Europe who says our morality needs religion. Not even a religious person would say that. At least no decent person would dare to say anything so utterly offensive in public. On this side of the Atlantic, it would be like saying one has to be of certain skin colour to be moral.

I think I was about 20 when I first encountered a person who thought morality is based on religion. He was an American mormon. He was a nice guy, so I spontaneously laughed because I thought he was joking. The idea sounded so silly. During the years, I've heard similar stories from my friends, all met with laughter. And always these stories are met by incredulous "Come on, you must have misunderstood what your American friend meant, nobody could seriously think like that".

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 07:52:49 UTC | #932516