Ebonmouse has written an excellent post at Daylight Atheism on the ability of religion to wrongly cause people to feel virtuous when they’ve done nothing virtuous at all.
The flip side of having imaginary crimes is having imaginary virtues – people who believe themselves to be good and decent based solely on their ability to obey arbitrary religious edicts that offer no benefit to any human being. Not only does religion cause people to feel guilty when they shouldn’t, it causes them to feel virtuous when they shouldn’t, which is arguably worse.
Its a great post and Ebonmouse makes some excellent points. I recommend you go read the whole article here.
Via: Daylight Atheism