George Washington and others have stated that we cannot have morality without religion. On the other hand, how often do we have religion without morality?
Too many people who proclaim adherence to one religion or another have no morality; that is, they think it is perfectly all right to kill those who do not believe as they do: from the Inquisition to ISIS. And the lack of morality seems to be worse the more these people claim they have the “true religion”! Morality is basically do unto other as you would have them do to you.
I just read in Sharon Shinn’s “Dark Moon Defender” the following:
“The goddess abhors mystics. The goddess demands of her faithful followers that they eradicate magic from the land.”
“Any goddess who demands wicked behavior is wicked herself. Why would you choose to serve a deity like that?”
Shinn’s book was published in 2006. I wonder if she had any particular groups in mind that want to kill those who don’t believe as they do.