Richard Dawkins recently Tweeted that “all good people are secular,” which some religious people are taking to imply that all good people are atheists. While I can understand why someone would interpret the quote that way at first, I think what Dawkins was saying is that all good people have internalized beliefs and moral values that derive from secular philosophy.
This interpretation gains support from one of the videos on Dawkins’ Twitter feed. In response to the claim that atheism cannot provide absolute moral values, Dawkins rejects the allegedly absolute moral values that he associates with religion, like stoning people for adultery, and instead advocates values that have been thought out carefully using secular moral philosophy.
I think we should read Dawkins’ recent comment that all good people are secular in line with the views he has expressed over the course of his career, not as an unprecedented, false, and hurtful assertion that there aren’t any good people who believe in God.