I was writing something entirely different elsewhere when my mind shot off on a tangent and the title above dropped in to my brain. Oh, I remember the chain of events! I am writing a blog post on my writing blog about how writers can write love. I started by toying with definitions, and in that process, the basic Christian idea of God, that God is Love had to be mentioned. That blog being wholly secular then required me to apologize for mentioning something so crass as God in a rational forum. Something like farting while being presented to the Queen I would guess.
Despite all the evangelical preaching of public atheists such as Richard Dawkins, I don't really believe most people are convinced. Perhaps they want to be convinced there is no supernatural sphere as this would justify any sort of behaviour in this life, or at least allow a cleverly rational person to find a justification. At this moment in history, of course atheists and soft semi-atheists [I suppose, structurally, I should have defined this term by now... but bear with me], are required to publicly assent to the morality taught by religion - I don't mean here the nut bar fringe and their moral imperative to handle poisonous snakes or have sister wives, but basic moral precepts - play nice, in other words. All religions teach us to play nice.....and both evangelical atheists and soft semi-atheists who make up the core of their congregation must assent to this precept at this moment in history. They must because the habit of religion over a million years of humanity has ingrained this into their psychological makeup. Internal restraints then are more important than outward forces such as law, or social sanctions.
Soft semi-atheist [definition]: Those who are not quite sure if there is a God, god, goddess, supernatural order, etc. but devoutly hope there is not as that frees the individual person from internal restraints. Hence the eager, laughing, clapping crowds at hard, pure atheists' sermons.
Internal Restraints [definition]: now termed 'freedom' - freedom used to have a different meaning but this is its current usage. [freedom used to involve knowing or seeking, truth]