EDITORIAL Humans, religious or atheist, have morals: Human spirit compulsory to end immorality
RELIGION, according to worldwide contentions, for self proclaimed religious people is a reforming factor leading to concepts of rights, morality and accountability in eternal life or Hereafter, just like the laws of the land in this temporary world and transient short life. Is religion with craving for heaven and fear of hell necessary for morality? Most people believe in that. Without concepts of rights and wrongs, judgement day and accountability, with heaven as rewards for good deeds and hell as a reward for bad ones, individual or collective justice and morality makes little sense. Adefinite concept of reward and punishment makes people behave more properly, though their levels of belief may vary to lesser or greater extent, as their saying and doing shows it. It is not a set of "rules to follow, or else" - it is a human belief and a divine relationship, with the One who made the Universe, the Earth, and all of us. No one wants the results of sin, but all are happy to participate in evil: Only a stronger belief and relation with God is absolutely necessary to live the right way.
SOME individuals may still come up with what is moral and what is immoral, each with different versions. A highest authority like God may be an answer to unify a code of moral conduct universally. Another argument is that all morality is based on consequences. All things being equal, pleasure is better than pain, life is better than death, health is better than illness. The murder rate in Japan is one of the lowest in the world. That is not because everyone is Buddhist. In fact, most Japanese are not followers. Norway has very low rates of prisoners re-offending and that is not because there are more religious people there than America. It is because of specific policies. So religion is not the only force needed to make people moral and stop people committing bad acts, but it is still more effective one, if properly promoted and implemented.
THERE are 2.5 billion non-religious people on Earth, and not all are immoral. In fact, most are moral. Morality comes from within which was/is established through societal interactions. As society grew and social interactions became more complex those that operated with morality were better able to coexist and thus thrive while others failed.
IT'S said that religious people incite verbal quarrels and violent behavior, leading to permanent state of war without peace. If you are not religious at all, it's not as if you don't have morals. That is not true at all. Religious people also aren't always moral, like some non religious ones. Sometimes it's seen and proved that even atheists and humanists and other non-religious people have high human morals, often more than the morals of the religious people. Many religious people are immoral and invite others to morality. At least non-religious people do not defame religion like that.
LESSONS like these are too many here for religious people to learn. If religious people and their leaders were better than non religious people, then a religious governance with morality would be more in politics and rule than non religious governments without morals. All that is necessary for morality is good intention and probably some form of community support or ethical framework. That can be from a religion, or otherwise. In fact, many immoral things have been done throughout history in the name of some religion or other. But truly religious people with good acts, rather than bad ones, following a true Islam without distortions, are a lot better than non religious people of equal stature in education, ability and character, for a simple reason that religious people fear God and concept of hell for bad deeds in Hereafter. Many debate on a highly likely truth that if a country like Pakistan made in the name of religion had religious leaders moral enough to spiritually lead this nation, there would be a religious ruling system with (now absent) morality and without present corruption in Pakistan today.