I was brought up by very devout Catholic parents, who go to mass every Sunday, and are very involved in the church (as regards doing readings, etc.)
I'm atheist, as are most of my siblings, though we were raised as Catholics.
We were all brought up to be moral, respectful, polite human beings. My parents always emphasised the importance of caring for others, for treating others as we wish to be treated, to do good when we can.
And this is the way I continue to behave. I'd never purposely hurt another person. I'm honest. I regularly buy meals for homeless people, and sit down, and have a good chat, and eat with them (did this just today, as it happens, but it's not an infrequent thing for me.)
Any positive attributes that I may have as a person, are a credit to my parents, and them alone.
I hate the idea that ethics are somehow intrinsically linked with religion. It's absolute bull.
My parents still love all of their children, even though we haven't followed their spiritual path. If we ever do good, it's not through Christianity - it's through being raised well, and through being a decent good person (i.e. not having been born an asshole.)
I see my parents as being true Catholics. It's not for me, and it's not a path I'd ever go down. But I think that they understand some of the aspects of their faith - such as acceptance. Despite their own beliefs, they would never ever criticise their children for our beliefs (or lack thereof.) I understand that this must be very difficult for them. So I really do respect them for it.
But I think there's something really wrong with people if they need religious dictation to act in an ethical manner.
I read an article today about the singer Andreas Bocelli. I can't remember the exact quote, but it was to the effect of "With life, you experience, sadness, serious illness, death ... this is not fun to endure without religion." Well, to be honest, while I see how religion could be a wonderful crutch in such circumstances ... I respect those who can face such experiences alone, without needing religion.
I don't need religion. I aim to do well, and act like a decent person, and treat others well, at all times. If I can do myself proud in life, and my family proud, without hurting anyone along the way, well then I'll be happy.