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Was atheism the cause of 20th century atrocities?
Originally posted by Robert at his blog Making My Way. Reposted with permission.


Introduction

It is a frequent rejoinder and polemic hurled about by religious apologists. Yes, certain murderous excesses like crusades, inquisitions, and witch hunts may have been committed by the religious, but they pale in comparison to those done in the cause of atheism. Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot-strident atheists all whose famines, wars, genocides, and purges created magnitudes more dead. Consider, for example, these words from militant Christian cheerleader, Dinesh D
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Sentinal on 07/05/2009 10:05

there will always be evil people in every century no matter what, wheather they be religious or non religious. it is a great comeback for christians. it is like nah nah nah nah nah for them. but at the end of the day it evil still does not serve as proof of god or the devil for that matter. according to the christian bible, god himself killed millions, entire civilizations even. their delusion makes them unable to see this.

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Doubting Thomas on 07/28/2009 11:11

Hitler was not an atheist. No matter how loudly or how often Christians yell this, it doesn't make it true. He was Catholic. In fact, pictures exist of him exiting a church. Furthermore, the reason he killed so many people including Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, and yes, atheists, was because he was interested in racial purity, not because of their religion. Stalin, while perhaps technically an atheist, killed anyone he thought was a threat to his power, not because they practiced religion. In fact, the Russian Orthodox Church lasted up through all the years of the cold war, even though it was heavily penetrated by the KGB.

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