posted on Jun, 27 2008 @ 06:40 AM
Reply to clearskies
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While Stalin, Mao, and company were certainly among the most of insidious of historical figures, those who claim they killed because of their atheism
failed to show any connection between their atheism and the massacres. The historical truth is that they killed to eliminate political opposition.
Moreover, they forbade religion so they could, in essence, establish themselves as God-like leaders, as many Chinese who suffered Mao's tyranny will
tell you. Kim Jung Il continues this strategy in North Korea.
Regardless of how evil these men were/are, they did not kill in the name of atheism. They were merely atheists who killed. This is a huge logical
difference-- not that religious people are generally persuaded by logic. For example, in the Bible, which Christians say is the perfect word of a
perfect God, God says "Thou shalt not kill" in the same section in which he says that people who work on the sabbath should be killed. Would a
perfect God contradict himself like that? Jesus also commanded his followers to slaughter anyone who does not accept him as the son of God. (Luke
19:27--"But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.")
Just look at the loving history of Christianity. What better way to represent a loving God than with Inquisitions and burnings at the stake?
History is replete with examples of religious people using violence to force their beliefs on others. Humanists don't strap bombs to themselves and
blow up innocent people in public places in the name of their skepticism, nor do they crash planes into buildings, nor start wars against people in
other countries because the people there don't share their nonbelief.
Scientists, who overwhelmingly tend not to be religious, are responsible for nearly all of human progress. That's because they utilize reason rather
than the silly superstitions on which most people rely. It’s religion, not science, that threatens people with violence, torture, death, and even
eternal damnation if you don’t agree with its ideas. Physicists never bullied people into believing Einstein’s Relativity Theory, and did you ever
hear of Catholics falling victim to a Galilean inquisition? When was the last time a war was fought over some scientific dispute? When you think about
it, wars are much more likely to be fought over stupid religious differences, not over who's the most logical.
Definitions of "superstition" from www.dictionary.com:
1. a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence,
proceeding, or the like.
2. a system or collection of such beliefs.
3. a custom or act based on such a belief.
4. any blindly accepted belief or notion.
Religion will no longer cause such harm only when it's widely scorned and ridiculed as the abject superstition that it is. The Bible, Quran, and
other fairy-tales do not prove the existence of God any more than Japanese monster movies prove the existence of Godzilla.
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