This is the first of a three-part series by Alex DiBranco.
"Now that I know atheists can be moral-" I burst into laughter, interrupting Catherine, a Dartmouth junior and Catholic friend of mine. She frowned. "I'm serious," she said, continuing with her statement-now that she knew, she could possibly date an atheist.
When I decided to write an article looking into perspectives on atheism for my journalism class, I wasn't quite prepared for many of the responses I would get, even from amongst my own friends. The default assumption that atheists cannot be moral could still bring me to occasional incredulous laughter at the end of my research, despite having been confronted with a number of responses from intelligent young persons, my peers, telling me that, as an atheist, I lack morals.