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Then there are the Communists, especially the Stalinists, good atheists all. Responsible for quite a few deaths in their own right. Surely atheism can't be at the root of all those murders.

It wasn't. From About.com's atheist/agnostic page:

To understand this better, consider times in the past when religion has been involved with violence - the Inquisition would be good. How many people were killed during the Inquisition for theism? None. Those doing the killing acted not because of theism, but rather because of Christian doctrines. The belief system is what inspired people to act (sometimes for good, sometimes for ill). The single belief of theism, however, did not.

Similarly, communism certainly inspired people to act and gave them motivations to do certain things, but atheism - which is the absence of a belief and not even a belief itself - did not. The assumption that people in Russia and China were killed because of atheism is based upon two other myths: first, that atheism is itself some sort of philosophy or belief system which can motivate people, and second that atheism is somehow interchangable with the actual belief system of communism.


http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/ath/blathm_nat_killed.htm


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...words cannot express how sick I am of this argument... -_-
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