This article reports on data from Germany that reveals that abolishing religious teaching in schools leads to a decline in belief but not morality:
Does this finding support the claim some make that humans are indeed atheists at birth and will remain so unless or until they are taught to believe in god/gods?Ending religion lessons in schools leads to overall decline in belief but not morals
Data taken from across Germany reveals that as mandated RE was abolished, atheism increased as a collective choice
We tend to think about religiousness as a personal decision but new research examining the role of schools illustrates that collective choices have a part to play. The authors use data from Germany, exploiting the fact the religious education mandated by the postwar West German constitution was removed across different states at different times from the 1970s. They find abolishment significantly reduced religiousness, both in private (less praying) and public (church attendance). The effect was biggest in Catholic areas.
Before the social conservatives get all up in arms, note there was no impact on moral or ethical views, life satisfaction or political leaning. That may be because religious education was replaced with non-denominational ethical teaching, rather than more maths.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... not-morals
Is it likely that some will continue to view atheists as being less moral than theists even though the data reported here contradicts that view and if so, why?