A catholic once told me that they believe there is a "special hell" set aside for child molesters, murderers and the like. The main problem with this statement is that there is not. He should know this too. He was not only raised catholic but he was sent to the best catholic schools and even some sort of elitist catholic high school.
It's so commonly perpetuated in the christian religion that "you are going to hell if you are not good." Well, what is "not good"? Quite obviously its the breaking of the Ten Commandments also various (modern) interpretations thereof. Well, Jesus came along and and the old testament is a little less valid. The thought is is that if one accepts Jesus as their "lord and savior" then they will get "pie in the sky when they die" to quote a song.
Matthew 5:19 which states: Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
This means murderers, psychopaths, pedophiles, rapists, and George Bush's all get to go heaven so long as they maintain that Jesus Christ is the son of God and their Lord and Savior. They may be called "least" but they will be there. I wonder who has ever lived that wouldn't be called least by the bibles standard.
So, If this is all one needs to get to heaven then where do Christians get off saying that Atheists or anyone who is not christian lack in morals? In my opinion -if this life is the short and unimportant life and the next life is the eternal and most important then -this allows for not only someone to be completely devoid of moral but to commit the most horrible of atrocities.
Of course Christians will probably site anything from demons to mental illness. That latter of which I agree but I don't believe that in this case it is a mental illness that is currently recognized on a clinical level. I believe the mental illness is called Theism and this is merely one of it's manifestations.
Feel free to comment, correct or quip. I'm always interested in what you all have to say.