"Where do you get a moral compass from if you don't have a god?"

I've been lurking around youtube tonight and found this lovely lady. She is incredibly ignorant. I thought this would be a good opportunity to discuss our moral compasses, and how diverse our views really are. For example, I am an atheist, an animal rights activist (and vegan), a secularist,  among other things.  While my brother, who is also an atheist, has some pretty opposite views; he fishes and hunts, he's in the army (I don't agree with the war for MANY reasons, but I'm not going to get into that), as well as other things. 

Out of all the stupid, ignorant, and hypocritical things said by theists, this is the one that gets me the most. It's absurd to think that you need some higher power to guide you and tell you what is right from wrong. I actually got into an argument with a classmate about this, who is a crazy christian. I asked her what good she has done for our community or our world, she replied telling me how her and her mom raise money for their church. She reciprocated the question, and I gleefully answered telling her of the hundreds of hours of volunteering I've put into numerous charities and organisations. She was in shock, and needless to say she learned something new about atheists that day.

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If Dawkins ever wrote something I'd have to disagree with, that would be it. If he is saying that about any species other than humans, I'd have to say it's total nonsense. For example, in the case of birds that pair off, the females sometimes "cheat" on their partner, How is that dysfunctional for the species?

Which morals does your classmate follow?  The ones encouraging rape, pillaging, kidnapping, genocide, murder?  Biblical morals are ridiculous.  Just have her read Leviticus.  It's awesome. 

Being moral was most likely necessary for the survival of our ancestors.  You can't go around being horrible and killing the people you need in order to stay alive.  That doesn't mean people have ever been perfect.  History is full of ugliness.  We humans can be very base beings.  Overall, however, it is beneficial to us to get along.

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