December 15, 2008

Be Good for Goodness Sake!

57%

Despite American Humanist Assn. bus ads proclaiming “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake,” a 57%-majority of Americans say belief in God is a prerequisite for morality.

This holiday season, the American Humanist Association has launched a campaign featuring ads on Washington, DC, buses that proclaim, “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake;” but a 2007 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project found that a 57%-majority of Americans say it is necessary to believe in God in order to be moral and have good values. People in Canada and many Western European countries are much less likely to hold this view, while throughout much of Africa, Asia and the Middle East there is widespread agreement that belief in God is a prerequisite for morality. Read More