I recently "came out" as an Atheist to my Christian family. They responded well, though they asked a lot of questions about why I decided to leave the church and reject God. I explained my various grievances with the Church which they all agreed were valid points, yet hey were willing to overlook them, something I could not do.
Then my mother threw me a curveball. she said "If you have no God to hold youself accountable to, why bother being a good person, why not lie, steal and cheat?" I tried to explain how the right thing is still the right thing and how I didn't want to only to make the right choice because out of fear of punishment. I wanted to do the right thing because it was the right thing to do.
She then went on to ask me why it was the right thing to do, who said so? I responded with my conscience told me what was right. She asked me what told my conscience that right was right and wrong was wrong.
And this was where I said something along the lines of: "Uhh...buhhh...meh?"
So my question to you all is: Where do you base your morality from, and how do you defend that morality against people who believe that morality can only be based off of a God?
The answer is quite simple: All morals worth having are based on empathy and logic, with a dash of community standards thrown in. As M pointed out, this is exactly how your mother picks her morals. If you need god to tell what is moral and force you to behave, then you are either truly psychopathic or have the mind of a small child.
To paraphrase Hitchins "I do not need to take my moral code in tablet form" when refering to 10 commandments.
Ask do you need to be commanded not to kill or steal?
Also most of the commandments are about worshiping god and not right or wrong.
Just found the video here is the (missing) link. This is all we on Earth need to know about them.
Questions of morality Predate Judaism let alone Christianity as well as existing in societies that had no contact with Judeo-christian philosophy. I'm paraphrasing here but Robert Heinlein said that morals are just rules that a society creates for its survival, which seems as good a definition as any. As to the golden rule http://www.atheistcartoons.com/?p=3701
The very same thing has come up, many times. I choose to only practice behaviors that I would find acceptable in others. I choose to always live as I choose and to never let my freedoms step on the toes of someone else's. "Do unto others" is simply put. I know in my heart what is right, if it damages no one or no thing, it is as good as can be.
Now, let's look at the whole "Morality" concept. I have morals that I have created for myself. No God was needed. I don't even like the word. I have chosen to use this one and only life to learn, to love, to grow, to become 'tuned in', if you will. That is my morality. It has no place for judgment, no room for self-serving arrogance. Every life is important, every idea, equally valid. As long as no intentional harm is present.