A commenter wrote that his Catholic upbringing, "consisted of "be nice" and all that 1970's era bullshit they fed us". I would like to respond to that. Not to make fun of it. I would just like to say a few things about that.
What is wrong with being nice? If everyone were simply nice to each other, the world would be a wonderful place. There would be no war, there would be no George Bush crap to deal with, no Karl Roves, no Rambo Keriks, no Faux news, no bin Ladens, no Saddam Husseins, no suicide bombers, no need for military, no need for cops, no need to watch your back, no need for locks on your cars and homes. No need to worry when you send your child to school that a mean kid would beat up your precious angel.
Wouldn't it be nice if people were nice? We would not need religion if people were nice.
If people were nice, people would share. You wouldn't have ridiculously rich people and ridiculously poor people. No one would go to bed hungry. No one would be homeless unless they insisted that they wanted to be homeless for a particular reason. Everyone would be working. People wouldn't hog up natural resources to make a killing in business. People would help out each other. People wouldn't revel in each other's misery like they do now. And they do.
I really don't see anything wrong with teaching people to be nice. It shouldn't be a religious thing at all. It just makes perfect sense to anyone who is sane. It would make living in a world a lot easier. Most atheists believe in being nice. Jesus wanted us to be nice to each other. Many fundamentalists try to tell you otherwise, but they are wrong. Jesus' main message was for us to love each other and take care of each other. Try telling that to the folks at Halliburton or the Carlyle Group. They wouldn't hear of it. There is a lot of money to be made being ruthless. I'd give up everything I had if I knew that everyone on earth was going to be nice. How about you?