FF wrote:

"We want to believe in objective moral reality".

This is so and there is of course no such thing as moral reality or absolutes. The best we can hope for is an agreed code of conduct supported by laws drawn up by the affected population cooperating together.

There is a place for such cooperation everywhere, and it is more effective than fear. However there are still too many areas where religion and coercion impose their moral version with their own limited vision.