Subscribers and supplicants of religion often make the incorrect assumption that atheists are without morals as they view morality as assigned by religion. Neglecting the possibility that morals originated elsewhere, they have a curious habit of accusing atheists and secular humanists as being immoral as though the absence of faith equates to the absence of morals, values and ideals.

The prime instinct of any living organism is to survive. Morals are necessary to advance the survivability of a species, as are values and ideals. Even in the absence of religion, morals created the structure for survivability for clans and tribes and their prosperity. Primitive humans would not have survived from generation to generation without them. Morals are born out of necessity not godliness, dogmatic practicality, or religious texts; they are bred from common sense and societal practicality. The principal instinct to perpetuate is the causality, values and ideals evolved in supportive roles.

The common sense formation of morals is not accidental but serves the purpose of protecting and placing value on survivability. Murder does not forward the survival of the tribe or clan, but costs a valued member of the tribe that contributes to survivability. This immoral act is heavily punishable because the act undermines the cohesiveness of the tribe. Stealing deprives the tribe of resources. Dishonesty violates trust needed for the function of the tribe. Disregarding fellow tribe members undermines the relationship necessary for cooperation to insure the tribe’s survival. Primitive humans did not have the necessity for overcomplicated morality that did not forward reproduction, perpetuation of the tribe, and ultimately supportive of the survival of the tribe.

Once humans matured along evolutionary lines, questions about the world in which they lived began to demand “explanation”. Religion was born out of this requirement, not the survivability of the species. Thus, theism was created and primitively defined the “unexplainable”. As deemed necessary for the religion gain control, morality was manufactured in an unnecessary complexity. The manipulators authored morality in the Bronze Age, collectively drawing cultural tales and mythical literary works as it evolved; designed to attract the majority of adherents of as many alien dogmatic principals to a singular religion as possible.

As currency and the need to dominate developed, religions became tools of political dominance; birthing Caesars, Monarchs, Pharaohs, Mullahs, Sheiks, Sultans, and the ilk who ruled their cultures in the name of a deity or deities. The primary function of religion was to provide a structure that erased the individual and created a unit identified by belief systems. As humans developed over the centuries, religions became more aggressive instituting breaches of the “morality”; murder in the name of religion became a “noble” cause during the Crusades. Before that, the Inquisition weeded out non-believers using methods of torture sometimes resulting in death or manufactured confessions uttered in the hope of ending extreme physical suffering. Witch trials throughout history employed paranoia and torture to bruise confessions from innocent people who were then burnt, hanged, or pressed to death between rocks; all in the name of “god” with the ulterior motive of obtaining real estate from the “accused”. Fear became the tool of the religion in order to retain followers, who made the church money and enabled the “religious morality” replace practical, reasonable and logical morality that supported the tribe, clan, and country.

As the modern nature of culture developed, the need for morality to evolve was necessary to ensure the survival of the religion, not directly the survival of the people. Certain denominations dropped the abhorrence of pork products while others championed it as their culture accepted it. Only with the advent of real scientific discoveries, such as the earth being spherical as opposed to a flat landmass, moral dictates dropped ideas that seemed obsolete. When it was discovered the earth revolved around the sun, textual contrary statements were glossed over or deescalated within teachings. As it became obvious that the universe did not revolve around earth and we were not the center of the vastness, those references that suggested such were ignored. Religion gave the appearance of “evolving”, yet puritanical movements flourished in its underbelly. The colonization of America and a new beginning became very attractive to a variety of people, some puritanical and others skeptical of the importance of “god”. The myriad of people becoming interested in starting anew carried their own agendas for the new world. To some, as the independence of the new colony gave birth to the United States, many progressive minds stood in control of government and composed the Constitution without “religious morality” but we free thought fresh from tyranny.

In some areas of the new colony existed pockets of puritanical religion, prudent religion, and religious extremists. While the “law of the land” was drafted and put into place, many mistook deist dogma for Christian dogmatic values. As is expressed in the Treaty of Tripoli, written in 1797, the President of the time clearly stated that the United States was not founded as a Christian nation. Yet in small pockets, it did. As the United States evolved, more and more of the textual “facts” of the Bible became less and less true. Slavery became an abomination, the Civil Rights movement dispelled the idea “blacks” were “half human”, women were given the right to vote, the Feminist Movement declared women equal to men, and LGBT citizens demanded their equal rights under the law. It seemed, while other denominations evolved and were able to only briefly commit themselves to “religious morality”, other denominations stagnated. The last vestiges of religious control, enjoyed for centuries, was being torn away. The denominations unable to evolve remained “fundamental” or “conservative”, their leaders unwilling to relinquish control and evolve their congregations into the modern world. They cling to the “religious morality” that disables them from understanding the scientific wonders of evolution, dating the earth’s age, and the evolution of society from puritanical values into free thinking values and morality.

Instead of having morals that exist to forward the survival of the human species, they cling to morals that undermine survival and evolutionary development of mind from the Bronze Age into the Modern Age of Scientific Advancement. Ignoring the intellectually based evidence otherwise, they cling to the elderly idea that the earth is just 6,000 years old, evolution is impossible as “god” created all life, and those who love differently than the definitions their “religious morality” puts forth are sinners. While the “Ten Commandments” are bred from morals originally deemed necessary to survive, the commandments of the Bible outside that definition are considered, failing to provide survival of the species. Commandments such as men laying with men as one would lay with a woman is unnatural, “fasting” or in other words “restrictive dietary intake” is considered a “cleansing” act for the “spirit”, and “suffering” or “dying” for one’s religious convictions is considered “good” and “holy”. While the societal necessity of religious doctrine becomes less and less important for the survivability of people or the definition of “religious morality” becomes more and more obsolete, morals without “god” become more accepted.

Morality without “god” does not indicate a “anarchy”, as so many extremists, conservatives, and religious zealots propose. It means that common sense and modern morality is more in tune with the survivability of society, the true definition of freedom, and rationality than constrictive, ancient, “religious” morality codes. The exemption of a tyrannical Biblical, Quranic, or Judaic “god” signifies that a majority of people are actually independently thinking instead of assigning the task to religious leaders, religious texts, or religious morality that is oppressive, unnecessary, and obsolete. The injection of “god” into morality has been a human made assumption. Morality existed without “god” first and the instinct to discount “god” now is a natural one that returns us to basis of our evolutionary need to survive.

It is well proven that the lack of belief in deities does not retard the survivability of a species.