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Do right and wrong exist?

I'm curious about objective right and wrong. If you believe in God, this is a no-brainer. Some things are wrong, some things are right, simply because God says so and He knows. But if you don't believe in God, can you still believe in objective morality? I personally don't think you can. I mean, what do you base it off of? How do you find out what's objectively right or wrong? (By objective I mean "existing independent of thought or an observer as part of reality." from dictionary.com)
Sure, there's subjective morality. Any idea of right or wrong come up with by a human is by definition subjective. That's all well and good. Problem is that it only applies to people who believe in it and it gives them no authority to proclaim anything as "what we should be doing." Very often everybody disagrees with each other and we don't get anywhere. (Just look at Congress for an example of this.)
Maybe you disagree with me and you think there is objective morality but no God. That's fine. I would like to ask you to answer a question for me though. Let's pick an easy one. Why is rape objectively wrong? Don't misunderstand me, I can't think of a single instance where rape wouldn't be wrong. I believe very strongly that sexual abuse is one of the greatest evils in the world. Why is it evil? If you can answer me without using a God-based or subjective argument, I'll concede the point.
That point is this: Without God, there is no such thing as right and wrong, only the things we call right and wrong. And since nobody can agree on what to call what, we're all in a lot of trouble.


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    Feb 9 2013: I like the argument that Sam Harris makes on this, that is no God is necessary to develop an objective morality. He maintains that we always define something as wrong that diminishes the well being of people to the worst possible state imaginable.
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      Feb 9 2013: Harris also has a remarkable ability to define words like 'religion' and 'science' in manners which diminish the well being of people to a pretty low par state of imagination...
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        Feb 9 2013: Will you care to explain? Or possibly refer a talk/text by Harris?
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          Feb 10 2013: http://fora.tv/2010/11/10/Sam_Harris_Can_Science_Determine_Human_Values

          Harris has his TED talk, but this link is to a lecture series he had - although both dedicate semantics to overstating words like religion and science - this lecture shows an agenda, which is anti-religion. Although (Idk where you are from) most Eastern theologians DO NOT define religion similar to most in the West.

          God may not be necessary to develop a moral objectivity, I agree, but that does not make those who believe in God or religion wrong, that train of logic is what is militant about this new wave of atheism spreading across America - and it would seem the world.
    • Feb 11 2013: Yes, but how do we define "worst"? There's still no real criteria here.
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        Feb 12 2013: We simply don't define "worst". We form an idea about it based on our understanding, experience and feeling. I think even without definition we can still imagine situations with practically no reason to be in. We can call that "worst". I also think even without definition most of us will agree on this "worst".
        • Feb 12 2013: Right, this is the definition of subjective.

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