Bride-snatching

The most recent episode of the Caustic Soda podcast called my attention to a phenomenon practiced in the Caucuses, especially Chechnya. It’s called “bride-snatching“.

A man who fancies a particular girl as his wife will, with the help of his friends, kidnap the girl. Sometimes they will rape her. Faced with the shame her culture places on spending even a few hours with a strange man, she will be coerced into marrying her captor.

This being a religiously-themed blog, I have to mention the awful complicity Islamic mullahs have in this whole process. Not only do they conduct the weddings of kidnapped brides, but they claim to exorcise spirits from these poor women when they have nervous breakdowns.

This is what medieval, misogynistic, superstitious nonsense can do.

And so we have yet another reminder of the awful things that happen in today’s world, and how religion will sometimes aid and abet these travesties instead of taking a stand against them.

The Chechen government has outlawed bride kidnapping, but so far this has had little practical effect.

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11 Responses to Bride-snatching

  1. I do hope you’ll also do a series on what Communist ATHEISM has done in the past in its numerous mass murders and countless atrocities. How many millions did atheism actually murder under the Communist label?

    Please.

    If you actually attempt to infer and imply that secularism and non belief is innocent of such atrocity, I shall laugh heartily and think you have some convenient blind spots in your perceptions on this topic of belief.

  2. Keith says:

    Warrioress:

    If you can provide historical evidence implicating atheism as the justification used by murderous communist dictators to commit their crimes, then I’ll happily do the requested series.

  3. Based upon the attempts by Communist atheist dictators to “do away with” religious expression and belief, I shouldn’t have to provide much in the way of documentation, but here you are:

    THE CRIMES AND EVILS OF MILITANT ATHEISM

    Atheists are quick to point out that throughout history large numbers of people were killed in the name of Religion; but they fail to mention the countless millions who were killed by leaders who worshipped themselves or by militant atheist-Communists who were driven by a hatred for God and Religion.

    “The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression, published by Harvard University Press, is the work of eleven scholars that ignited a continental firestorm when it first hit bookstores in France in 1997. The authors estimate the century’s death toll at the hands of Communist governments (excluding wars) at 100 million people. Country by country, deaths by the state in China stand at 65 million, in the USSR 20 million, Vietnam 1 million, North Korea 2 million, Cambodia 2 million, Eastern Europe 1 million, Latin America 150,000, Africa 1.7 million, and Afghanistan 1.5 million. Additionally, the international Communist movement murdered about 10,000 people throughout the world.” (Author’s emphasis).

    Daniel J Flynn, “Ideas Have Consequences… Like Murder, Tyranny, and Repression,” Accuracy in Academia, (9 July, 2008).

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    WAS ATHEISM IN PART RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRIMES OF COMMUNISM?

    A major atheist (Richard Dawkins, I believe) was interviewed not long ago on a national station. During the interview, he was asked to justify the evils perpetrated on tens of millions by the atheist leader, Stalin. The atheist’s response was that the connection between Stalin’s atheism and his great crimes is unfounded. Stalin, he said, had mustaches; could you not use the same logic, he added, and conclude that he killed people because he had mustaches?

    The atheist’s response is foolish to such a magnitude that it is not really deserving deserving of an answer. Nonetheless, for the sake of fairness, we will endeavor to assess his objection.

    Was the philosophy of atheism espoused by communists responsible for the mass murders perpetrated by communist leaders such as Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and Ceausescu? Let’s look at some enlightening facts that militant atheists prefer not to acknowledge.

    1. Communists leaders were motivated by a strong desire to impose an ideological “package” over the whole world. The package included the eradication of Religion, defined by arch-atheist, Karl Marx, as “The opium of the people.” According to Marx, religion helped keep the masses passive before the abuse of the wealthy and powerful, and the only way to free them from the “stupor,” God and religion had to be eradicated. Lenin embraced Marx’s views and so did Stalin up to the Second World war. The enforcement of Atheism was a “critical” requirement for Communism’s success, and thus it had to be implemented at all costs. This meant oppressive measures, such as brainwashing in state schools, the closing of houses of worship and arresting countless religious leaders. (For an enlightening discussion of Atheistic-Communism’s persecution of the Christian church see the article, Persecution of Christians in the Soviet Union.)

    2. Karl Marx’s extremist followers were not in any way impeded in their blood-thirsty global quest by fear of a Higher Power. Atheism took very efficient care of this “limiting factor.” Since the end justified the means, as Machiavelli had instructed, they could do whatever was necessary to bring about a workers’ paradise. Because the opposition in some cases proved to be powerful and resilient, drastic means were used. Large numbers were killed for refusing to abandon their religious beliefs. A great many were sent to concentration camps. (For an enlightening, “first-hand” account of suppression of Religion and other “enemies” of Atheistic-Communism in Russia, please read, The Gulag Archipelago, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn — especially Chapter 2.)

    3. Communist-atheist leaders, in their own eyes, became supreme, all-knowing, all-wise and all powerful “gods.” They had total control over people’s lives and over who lived and who died. Being “gods,” they asserted their evil schemes over the masses with brutality and mercilessness.

    4. People like Stalin were interested in propagating an ideology, not a look. Nobody was persecuted in the Soviet Union for not having a mustache like Stalin, or for not wearing a uniform similar to his, or for not liking the same food, music or sports. Large numbers were persecuted and killed for practicing religion, and for being interferences to atheist-communist expansion. Now some would retort that Stalin had a change of heart during the Second World war and that he recognized and elevated anew the Russian Orthodox Church. This is a historically correct statement, but in no way does it indicate that Stalin moved toward theism. The move was strictly utilitarian. Steven Merritt Miner in his work Stalin’s Holy War informs us that Stalin had ulterior motives behind the move.

    “Moscow’s religious policy at this time can only be understood in the context of Soviet security considerations, especially Moscow’s concerns about the disaffection of non-Russian nationalities. The Kremlin saw the church not only, and perhaps not even primarily, as a tool for mobilizing and harnessing Russian nationalism throughout the union, but rather as one of several instruments for countering and disarming non-Russian, and anti-Soviet, nationalism. As most tsars could have told Stalin, the Russian Orthodox Church was an effective agent for the Russification of the ethnically diverse and contentious western regions.” [1]

    This move, though “seemingly” noble, did not neutralize or excuse his heinous actions toward countless Christians and Muslims who were killed so as to facilitate the spread of Stalin’s atheistic-communistic ideology.

    Militant atheism, therefore, was a major factor in the murder of countless millions, during the past century. Unfortunately, militant atheism, is still driven by some of the same extremist views reminiscent of atheist-communist regimes of old. They, like their predecessors, do not hesitate to admit that they hate God, religion and that they would like to see both disappear forever. Furthermore, they are driven by a hatred for the unborn, and a blind support for common-law living, sexual immorality, euthanasia, etc.

    The understandable concern of many is that a propagation of their philosophy of meaninglessness and their blind allegiance to atheistic evolution would lead, in the long run, to a return to a cold-hearted and dangerous devaluing of the weak and the needy in society; though they “assure” us that that is not part of their agenda. We believe that their cold-heartiness toward millions of unborn babies, and their total support of euthanasia indicates otherwise.

    Theist author, Dinesh D’Souza, eloquently expresses similar concerns in the following quote:

    The crimes of atheism have generally been perpetrated through a hubristic ideology that sees man, not God, as the creator of values. Using the latest techniques of science and technology, man seeks to displace God and create a secular utopia here on earth. Of course if some people – the Jews, the landowners, the unfit, or the handicapped – have to be eliminated in order to achieve this utopia, this is a price the atheist tyrants and their apologists have shown themselves quite willing to pay. Thus they confirm the truth of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s dictum, “If God is not, everything is permitted. [2]

    That is the kind of world we must strive to prevent. That is the kind of world this site, and many others like it, are determined to combat.

    ___________

    [1] Merritt Miner, Steven, Stalin’s Holy War. The university of North Carolina Press, 2002. (23 October, 2009).

    [2] D’Souza, Dinesh, “Atheism, Not Religion is the Real Force Behind the Mass Murders of History.” The Christian Science Monitor. (November 21, 2006 edition). (9 July, 2008).

    ——————————————————————————–

    RELATED QUOTES

    “Soviet policy toward religion was based on the ideology of Marxism-Leninism, which made atheism the official doctrine of the Communist Party, though, in theory, each successive Soviet constitution granted freedom of belief. As the founder of the Soviet state V. I. Lenin put it:

    Religion is the opium of the people: this saying of Marx is the cornerstone of the entire ideology of Marxism about religion. All modern religions and churches, all and of every kind of religious organizations are always considered by Marxism as the organs of bourgeois reaction, used for the protection of the exploitation and the stupefaction of the working class. (Lenin, V. I.. “About the attitude of the working party toward the religion.”. Collected works, v. 17, p.41. Retrieved on 2006-09-09.

    Marxism-Leninism has consistently advocated for the suppression, and, ultimately, the disappearance of religious beliefs, due to their unscientific and superstitious character. In the 1920s and 1930s, such organizations as the League of the Militant Godless were active in anti-religious propaganda. Atheism was the norm in schools, communist organizations (such as the Young Pioneer Organization), and the media.”

    Religion in the Soviet Union, Wikipedia. (23 October, 2009).

    ——————————————————————————–

    “Sadly, the specter of Communism still haunts the world. In Russia, one-third of the people believe that Stalin “did more good than bad for the country,” according to a recent poll. In China, thousands of dissidents are imprisoned in the slave labor camps known as the laogai. In North Korea, masses starve as the leadership threatens to unleash nuclear war. In Cuba, dissidents are routinely imprisoned for peacefully petitioning for democratic reform.”

    Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation,. (5 Jan., 2007).

    ——————————————————————————–

    “Whatever the motives for atheist bloodthirstiness, the indisputable fact is that all the religions of the world put together have in 2,000 years not managed to kill as many people as have been killed in the name of atheism in the past few decades.

    It’s time to abandon the mindlessly repeated mantra that religious belief has been the greatest source of human conflict and violence. Atheism, not religion, is the real force behind the mass murders of history.”

    D’Souza, Dinesh, “Atheism, Not Religion is the Real Force Behind the Mass Murders of History.” The Christian Science Monitor. (November 21, 2006 edition). (9 July, 2008).

    ——————————————————————————–

    For an in-depth analysis of atheistic-communist casualties in China, visit the following site:

    (3 July, 2008).

    RELATED WEB SITES

    AEI – Short Publications – Atheism and Evil
    Atheists behind the greatest cruelty, says Pope – Telegraph
    Who Kills More, Religion or Atheism?
    Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation: History of Communism
    Forgetting the Evils of Communism by Jonah Goldberg on National Review …
    Atheism Conservapedia

    Atheism – CreationWiki
    Society of the Godless
    Culture of the Soviet Union
    Religion in Russia
    Religion in China
    Persecution of Christians in the Soviet Union

    Source Address: http://atheismexposed.tripod.com/atheist_crimes.htm

    • Keith says:

      OK, this could take a while, but I’ll try to be brief!

      “1. Communists leaders were motivated by a strong desire to impose an ideological “package” over the whole world.”

      I agree. But the lack of belief in gods does not automatically produce the motivation to eradicate religion. There is no Holy Book of Atheism that asks us to exterminate all believers. Atheism is simply the lack of belief in gods.

      “This meant oppressive measures, such as brainwashing in state schools, the closing of houses of worship and arresting countless religious leaders.”

      This is not atheism. Atheism is merely the lack of belief in gods. What is described here is what happens when a tyrant takes exception to religious practice.

      “2. Karl Marx’s extremist followers were not in any way impeded in their blood-thirsty global quest by fear of a Higher Power.”

      If you believe this, then you need to explain why the overwhelming majority of prison inmates are religious. Where is *their* fear of a Higher Power? Ultimately, if there is a power-hungry dictator who wants to rule his country, he’ll do it whether he is religious or not.

      “Because the opposition in some cases proved to be powerful and resilient, drastic means were used.”

      Not relevant to atheism. Drastic measures have been used by religious killers too.

      “3. Communist-atheist leaders, in their own eyes, became supreme, all-knowing, all-wise and all powerful “gods.”

      I’m surprised you don’t see how bad this argument is. In fact, it’s an argument commonly used by atheists. If someone sets himself up as a god, he has missed the point of atheism altogether, and is being no less religious than the Pope.

      “They had total control over people’s lives and over who lived and who died. Being “gods,” they asserted their evil schemes over the masses with brutality and mercilessness.”

      Yes, they ran theocracies. This is not atheism.

      “4. People like Stalin were interested in propagating an ideology, not a look.”

      Indeed. And atheism isn’t an ideology. It’s the lack of belief in gods. Humanism, though, is an ideology, one that is adopted by many atheists. But Stalin was certainly not a humanist!

      “Now some would retort that Stalin had a change of heart during the Second World war and that he recognized and elevated anew the Russian Orthodox Church. This is a historically correct statement, but in no way does it indicate that Stalin moved toward theism.”

      Indeed, but it does indicate (as the rest of your quote from this section bears out) something much more important, namely that Stalin’s central purpose was not to get rid of religion, but to do whatever he could to gain power, whether that meant stamping religion out or propping it up.

      In other words, he was not motivated by atheism, he was motivated by his ego.

      “The understandable concern of many is that a propagation of their philosophy of meaninglessness and their blind allegiance to atheistic evolution…”

      This is the usual ignorant venom that angry Christians have for atheists, so I’m not going to dignify it with a response.

      “Marxism-Leninism has consistently advocated for the suppression, and, ultimately, the disappearance of religious beliefs, due to their unscientific and superstitious character.”

      Yes. But they weren’t driven by the ideology of atheism to do this, they were driven by the ideology of Marxism-Leninism. As I said above, atheism isn’t an ideology. It doesn’t contain any recommendations to suppress religion. There is no Holy Book of Atheism that tells atheists to wipe out religion.

      “In the 1920s and 1930s, such organizations as the League of the Militant Godless were active in anti-religious propaganda. Atheism was the norm in schools, communist organizations (such as the Young Pioneer Organization), and the media.”

      Irrelevant. We’re talking about whether atheism was used to justify the actions of communist leaders.

      “Sadly, the specter of Communism still haunts the world. In Russia, one-third of the people believe that Stalin “did more good than bad for the country,” according to a recent poll. In China, thousands of dissidents are imprisoned in the slave labor camps known as the laogai. In North Korea, masses starve as the leadership threatens to unleash nuclear war. In Cuba, dissidents are routinely imprisoned for peacefully petitioning for democratic reform.”

      Irrelevant. Says nothing about the role of atheism in the motivations of communist leaders.

      “Whatever the motives for atheist bloodthirstiness, the indisputable fact is that all the religions of the world put together have in 2,000 years not managed to kill as many people as have been killed in the name of atheism in the past few decades.”

      This is just D’Souza’s opinion, it’s not evidence.

  4. Another source:

    Atheism and communism
    http://www.conservapedia.com/Atheism_and_communism

    Karl Marx said “Religion is the opium of the people”. Marx also stated: “Communism begins from the outset (Owen) with atheism; but atheism is at first far from being communism; indeed, that atheism is still mostly an abstraction.”[1]
    Vladimir Lenin similarly wrote regarding atheism and communism: “A Marxist must be a materialist, i. e., an enemy of religion, but a dialectical materialist, i. e., one who treats the struggle against religion not in an abstract way, not on the basis of remote, purely theoretical, never varying preaching, but in a concrete way, on the basis of the class struggle which is going on in practice and is educating the masses more and better than anything else could.”[2]

    The atheism in communist regimes has been and continues to be a form of militant atheism which led to various acts of repression, including the razing of thousands of religious buildings and the killing, imprisoning, and oppression of religious leaders and believers.[3]

    In the atheistic and communist Soviet Union, 44 anti religious museums were opened and the largest was the ‘The Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism’ in Leningrad’s Kazan cathedral.[4] Despite intense effort by the atheistic leaders of the Soviet Union, their efforts were not effective in converting the masses to atheism.[5][6]

    China is a communist country. In 1999, the publication Christian Century reported that “China has persecuted religious believers by means of harassment, prolonged detention, and incarceration in prison or `reform-through-labor’ camps and police closure of places of worship.” In 2003, owners of Bibles in China were sent to prison camps and 125 Chinese churches were closed.[7] China continues to practice religious oppression today.[8] According to Asian Economic News, in 2004 the atheistic and communist government of China had an internal document which directed the Chinese media to promote atheism, instructed internet media to remove user comments that advocate alternative spiritual views, and called for a ban on publications that disseminate religious material out of step with Marxism or atheism.[9] The efforts of China’s atheist leaders in promoting atheism, however, is increasingly losing its effectiveness and the number of Christians in China is explosively growing.[10][11] China’s state sponsored atheism and atheistic indoctrination has been a failure and a 2007 religious survey in China indicated that only 15% of Chinese identified themselves as atheists.[12]

    North Korea is a repressive communist state and is officially atheistic.[13] The North Korean government practices brutal repression and atrocities against North Korean Christians.[14][15]

    It has been estimated that in less than the past 100 years, governments under the banner of communism have caused the death of somewhere between 40,472,000 and 259,432,000 human lives.[16] Dr. R. J. Rummel, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii, is the scholar who first coined the term democide (death by government). Dr. R. J. Rummel’s mid estimate regarding the loss of life due to communism is that communism caused the death of approximately 110,286,000 people between 1917 and 1987.[17] Richard Dawkins has attempted to engage in historical revisionism concerning atheist atrocities, but was shown to be in gross error.

    The theory of evolution played a prominent role in regards to atheistic communism.[18][19] Communists, in particular Stalinists, favored a version of Lamarckism called Lysenkoism developed by the atheist Trofim Denisovich Lysenko.[20] Lysenko was made member of the Supreme Soviet and head of the Institute of Genetics of the Soviet Academy of Sciences.[21] Later Lysenko became President of the All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences.[21] Many geneticists were imprisoned and executed for their bourgeois science, and agricultural policies based on Lysenkoism that were adopted under Stalin and Mao caused famines and the death of millions.[20]

    Dr. Carl Wieland, Managing Director of Creation Ministries International, published an article entitled The blood-stained ‘century of evolution’ which declared:

    “ Communism also took evolution to its logical conclusion. If everything just evolved from ‘natural law,’ then man’s opinion, not God’s Word, determines what is right and wrong. If the working class can take power by armed struggle, then this is ‘right,’ regardless of how many must die to bring in the socialist paradise. Communism’s death toll far outranks the Nazis’—probably more than 90 million worldwide.3
    Some have suggested that the bloodthirsty deeds of Stalin were an ‘aberration’ from the revolution’s ideals. However, it was Lenin, the ‘father’ of the Russian revolution, who ‘perfected the science of mass killings,’ and total, merciless brutality as the ultimate method of political control. Evolution was the chief tool used to brainwash communism’s masses into ‘scientific atheism.’ If everything just evolved, then everything is at the whim of the most powerful, and there is no Maker to whom to be answerable. Hence Stalin’s belief that killing millions of people was no worse than mowing your lawn (grass is our cousin in evolutionary doctrine).

    Mao’s reign of terror and lies resulted in the deaths of tens of millions. It is no coincidence that his two favorite books were by the evolutionists Darwin and Huxley. With millions dying from his forced famine, his physician records that Mao said, ‘We have so many people we can afford to lose a few.’ His successors have since persecuted and killed hundreds of thousands more.[22]

    Soviet Union and morality

    Atheist Christopher Hitchens is known for having a history of heavy drinking.[23]
    See also: Soviet Union and morality

    Peter Hitchens is the ex-atheist brother of atheist Christopher Hitchens. In an article entitled Britain needs God Creation Ministries International wrote about Peter Hitchens:

    “ Peter wrote that his views changed slowly, as he came to see the fruit of atheism. Part of this realisation came when he was working as a journalist in Moscow, during the final years of the Soviet Union. His depiction of this godless society was sobering. He wrote of the riots that broke out when the vodka ration was cancelled one week; the bribes required to obtain anaesthetics at the dentist or antibiotics at the hospital; the frightening levels of divorce and abortion; the mistrust and surveillance; the unending official lies, manipulation and oppression; the squalor, desperation and harsh incivility. Peter wrote of how traffic stops dead in Moscow when rain begins to fall, as every driver fetches wind-screen wipers from their hiding places and quickly fits them to their holders. Any wipers left in place when the car is parked are stolen as a matter of course.
    The atheist, humanistic ideology of the state, he believed, had even affected the Russian language. Peter spoke to a descendant of an exile, whose grandparents had fled Moscow in the days of Lenin. Having been brought up to speak pure Russian in his American home—the elegant, literary language of his parents—he was shocked when he visited Russia to hear the coarse, ugly, slang-infested and bureaucratic tongue that was now spoken, even by educated professionals.[24]

    See also: Atheism and mass murder

    Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was asked to account for the great tragedies that occurred under the brutal Soviet communist regime he and fellow citizens suffered under.

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn offered the following explanation:

    “ Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’
    Since then I have spend well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’ [25]

    • Keith says:

      “Marx also stated: “Communism begins from the outset (Owen) with atheism; but atheism is at first far from being communism; indeed, that atheism is still mostly an abstraction.”[1]”

      This simply makes my point for me: atheism on its own simply cannot lead to the atrocities of past communism regimes, because it is not an ideology. It is simply the lack of belief in gods. If you want to become a Stalin or a Mao, you need something else to justify your violence, including a massive ego.

      “A Marxist must be a … an enemy of religion”

      Again, this indicates that atheism was a necessary tool of communism, but it wasn’t the motivating ideology.

      “The atheism in communist regimes has been and continues to be a form of militant atheism which led to various acts of repression, including the razing of thousands of religious buildings and the killing, imprisoning, and oppression of religious leaders and believers.”

      “China is a communist country. In 1999, the publication Christian Century reported that “China has persecuted religious believers …”

      Yes, communist regimes suppress religion because it’s a threat to their grip on power. But there is no indication that atheism is the ideology that Chinese leaders use to justify their actions. Once again, this is because atheism is not an ideology. You cannot get from “there is no god” to “I’m going to suppress religion”, unless you have some additional ideology like “religion threatens my regime” or “religion is bad for people”. And these latter ideologies are not necessary consequences of atheism.

      “North Korea is a repressive communist state and is officially atheistic.[13] The North Korean government practices brutal repression and atrocities against North Korean Christians.[14][15]”

      Irrelevant. Does not speak to the motivations of the Kim family.

      It has been estimated that in less than the past 100 years, governments under the banner of communism have caused the death of…”

      Irrelevant. Does not speak to the motivations of communist leaders.

      “The theory of evolution played a prominent role in regards to atheistic communism.”

      Irrelevant.

      “Communism also took evolution to its logical conclusion.”

      Irrelevant. There are many religious people who accept evolution.

      “Mao’s reign of terror and lies resulted in the deaths of tens of millions. It is no coincidence that his two favorite books were by the evolutionists Darwin and Huxley.”

      Irrelevant.

      “Atheist Christopher Hitchens is known for having a history of heavy drinking.[23]”

      Er… OK.

      “[Peter Hitchens’] depiction of this godless society was sobering. He wrote of the riots that broke out when the vodka ration was cancelled one week; …”

      Irrelevant. Does not speak to the motivation of communist leaders.

      “Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’”

      I don’t consider the anecdotes of a “number of old people” to be reliable historical evidence regarding the motivations of communist leaders (although I certainly have sympathy for their plight – I wouldn’t wish life under Russian communism on anyone).

  5. And one more I think you’ll find very interesting:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_atheism

    This discusses what atheism has looked like implemented in the past.

    I look forward to your future series on the bloody history of your belief system. You now have inumerable sources with which to do it.

    • Keith says:

      Warrioress:

      “I look forward to your future series on the bloody history of your belief system.”

      You’ll have to ask a communist to do that.

    • Keith says:

      “This discusses what atheism has looked like implemented in the past.”

      This is your most compelling argument of all, I think. It indicates that there are situations in which atheism is very much a justifying factor in some atrocities.

      I’m going to dust off something I wrote about the immoral use of atheism in my essay on religion, and prepare a new post!

  6. Mikel says:

    I see in the “atheist=communism” argument nothing but the old warmed-over McCarty/Cold War prejudices against atheists. No, atheists are not people who think they are “gods” and will grab at power however they can because they recognize no “higher power.” Like Keith says, Stalin was going for power any way he could get it, whether it was by manipulating religion or by trying to wipe it out.

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