Religion generally assumes it has the market cornered on morality. It, by which I mean the majority of the three monotheisms, claims to know what is ultimately good and what ultimately is evil. But all I see when I look at religious people is a hateful and bitter moralism that seeks only to elevate its ideals and values as absolutes everyone else should follow. This isn't morality. It is moralism--the enforcement of a system of belief and behavior on everyone on pain of actual punishment. How does religion justify this imposition of its values and creeds on all humans? It conceives of humans as inherently sinful and sin-loving brutes, incapable to morally deciding right from wrong. In the religious scheme of things, humans without the strictures of divine law and recompense will naturally resort to a bestial state of irrational and wanton hedonism and selfish malice. For them humans can never be trusted. Is there any justification for this? ARE humans inherently incapable of moral intent and so in need of morality by edict and by punishment? What are some of the consequences of moralism in our our society? Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!