So I saw this mind-numbingly stupid statement on Facebook today.
“Militant Muslims blow up car bombs and commit acts of terrorism. Militant Christians blow up abortion clinics and gun down abortion doctors. Militant atheists might just hurt your feelings.”
Now as I’ve said before, atheists are idiots, because they are also a religion–they have a belief system based on an unprovable tenet of faith. The difference being is every other religion knows it is using faith, whereas atheists mistake faith for reason and get hysterical when someone points this out to them. Why was Socrates smarter than the rest of the Athens, because while he didn’t know more than they did, he knew he didn’t know.
There are a few ways to deal with this. Let’s run through most of them.
Militant atheists who killed lots of people. Tim McVeigh of Oklahoma city bombing fame who said “science was his religion” and indentified himself as an agnostic , Jared Lee Loughner the Arizona shooter didn’t believe in God, and Anders Behring Breivik that crazy guy in Norway last year (whose manifesto included “I’ve always been very pragmatic and influenced by my secular surroundings and environment” and called himself a “Christian-atheist.” I seem to remember these non-religious schmucks killing some people. Hell when you consider percentage wise the number of Christian in the world (about 35% of the world) versus the number of these “Christian militants” (maybe 1 or 2 every couple of years) compared to the total number of Atheists in the world (about 10% of the world) versus a relatively comparable number of atheistic psychos (maybe 1 or 2 every couple of years), on a per capita basis atheists seem to be a far more dangerous group of people. But even that would be unfair because in both cases that is taking a few psychos and trying to blame whichever group name you want to apply to them. Let me be clear, there is not a group, organization, religion, profession, ethnicity, or whatever designation you want to pick that doesn’t have a few crazies…because these groups consists of human beings and the human nature and statistics means that every so often you get a lunatic in the mix.
No, a more fair comparison would be to look at what happens when a religion gets in complete power and enforces their beliefs as law. Now, without question a secular government which does not give preference to one religion over another is always preferable…but secularism is not enforced atheism. A secular government does not forbid the display of religion or the acknowledgement of widely held religious beliefs; it merely does not impede others from practicing their own religion. Banning all examples of religion in government would be an atheistic state religion, just as banning all other religions to the support of only one would be a religious government.
Now you’d have to be an idiot to apply all wars where one side (or both) sides were religious, because no matter how religious the propaganda the wars were really fought over other purposes (nearly all wars in the medieval and early modern era were fought not over God but over land and power, the war in the Balkans is more about ethnicity and nationalism than religious differences). Now there are a few cases in the East of religious intolerance, but for argument’s sake let’s say 500,000 have been killed in the name of religion in the East. Now religious wars that we should include are the Thirty Years War, the French Wars of Religion, the 2nd Sudanese Civil War, the Crusades, and the Lebanese Civil war (the last three being wars of Christianity vs. Islam) because these wars were fought almost solely to extend one religion and destroy another (I realize even that statement has flaws, but I’m giving the benefit of the doubt to those who want to say religion is evil…trust me you’ll love that I’m inflating numbers). The high end estimate for these 20.75 million (plus our half million from before which gives us 21.25 million so far). The Inquisition killed maybe 500,000 (a high end estimate), total 21.75 million. The religious persecution in England during the Tudor and Stuart monarchies killed maybe a hundred thousand (a very high end estimate). Let’s multiply that by 10 for the whole of Europe for an even million in deaths from religious persecution in Christian Europe, total 22.75. Now inevitably someone is going to want me to put in the conquest of the Americas (even though A. Greed and gold were more the motivating factor, B. Someone would have eventually crossed the sea even if there wasn’t religion and with it the diseases that did most of the killing would have happened anyway) but let’s put that in there. Now Schweikart and Allen’s A Patriot’s History of the United States lists the number likely being around 800,000…but let’s give the benefit of the doubt to those who hate religion and give them 5 Million. So our total for religion stands at 27.75 million. Let’s add another 10 million for the European slave trade (again another high end estimate). So our total stands at 37.75 million. And let’s add another 10 million for all the death at the hands of priest ripping out hearts in the Americas and other religious motivated murders in the New World. 47.75 million. These are pretty much the deaths caused by religion in the last 2,000 years. You know what, let’s double that number just to be on the safe side. Let’s say 95.5 Million people have been killed by the repression of religion in the world (I’m also going to ignore other forms of torture, persecution and denial of rights as I think they are probably all in proportion to death tolls).
(I’m going to leave out Islam from this calculation because unlike just about every other religion on Earth, Islam denies the divinity or divine quality of the human soul, for instance you won’t find any statement that man was created in God’s image in the Koran or Haddith, and in this way it makes it philosophically more in line with atheism)…(If you think this is unfair, just look at the pro-atheist quote that started this rant; even they differentiate.)
Now let’s look at the nine nations that have actually implemented atheism in
- The French Revolution under the Reign of Terror
- Soviet Russia
- Communist China
- N. Korea
- Khmer Rogue Cambodia
- Mexico in the 1920’s
- Various other communist states in the 20th Century.
- Nazi Germany (right now some atheist are screaming that it’s wrong to claim Nazi Germany was atheist…shut up and sit down, I will prove this point)
As far as I can find (and this is the result of a month’s worth of research…they were all on the Wikipedia page, but I couldn’t find any others) these are the only countries to ever institute state enforced atheism. Now anyone with even a modicum of knowledge knows that this death toll is easily going to top my previous one. But let’s go over it anyway.
- The French Revolution with its Reign of Terror and “Cult of Reason.” Catholicism and other versions of Christianity were outlawed. Churches burned, relics desecrated, clergy persecuted and of course the guillotine. Low end estimates for these 2 years of madness are around 15,000 dead.
- In Mexico’s 1917 Constitution nationalized all church property and outlawed all religious orders. This resulted in a small civil war known as the Cristero War (1926-1929) between atheist President Calle’s forces and the pro-Catholic Cristeros. Low end estimates put the death toll at 5,000
- Soviet Russia, Communist China and all other incarnations of communism
If the mere 20,000 deaths I racked up from 5 years of combined terror, let’s take at the death toll of government that brought us gulag, killing fields, the resurgence of crucifixion (yes, the Chinese crucified Tibetan monks and dissidents). Forced labor, controlled famines, repression…the death toll is, according the obscenely well researched book The Black Book of Communism: Crime, Terror, and Repression edited by Stepane Courtois puts the number of all Communist/Marxist (where religion is always persecuted and outlawed) at 94 million dead. Now you could say it’s unfair that I just use the number the book lists and not say some Marxist tripe historian who probably put the number under 10 million…well I deal in reality and the fact that some historians have called the 94 Million estimate “too conservative,” I think I’m safe with sticking with that number. But please go on, tell me that Communists have not killed millions.
4. And of course Nazism.
Now the immediate cry/propaganda is that Nazism was Christian in nature and not atheistic. And of course we call any nation that goes as far as outlawing miracles very Christian.
So let’s turn to some real sources…I’m going to quote large passages here instead of just sending you to the book because I don’t want to have to deal with the BS that is going to come from atheists farcical denial that their religion was behind a movement that is synonymous with evil.
From The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William S. Shirer, from the section “The Persecution of Christian Churches” (And right before the section “The Nazification of Culture”), page 240,
“What the Hitler government envisioned for Germany was clearly set out in a thirty point program for the ‘National Reich Church’ […] A few of its thirty articles convey the essentials:
“1. The National Reich Church of Germany categorically claims the exclusive right and the exclusive power to control all churches within the borders of the Reich: it declares these to be the national churches of the German Reich.
“5. The National Church is determined to exterminate irrevocably….the strange and foreign Christian faiths imported into Germany in the ill-omened year 800.
“7. The National Church has no scribes, pastors, chaplains, or priests, but National Reich orators are to speak in them.
“13. The National Church demands immediate cessation of the publishing and dissemination of the Bible in Germany…
“14. The National Church declares that to it, and therefore to the German nation, it has been decided that the Fuehrer’s Mein Kampf is the greatest of all documents. It….not only contains the greatest but it embodies the purest and truest ethics for the present and future life of our nation.
“18. The National Church will clear away from its altars all crucifixes, Bibles, and pictures of saints.
“19. On the altars there must be nothing but Mein Kampf (to the German nation and therefore to God the most sacred book) and to the left of the altar a sword.
“30. On the day of its foundation, the Christian Cross must be removed from all churches, cathedrals, and chapels…and it must be superseded by the only unconquerable symbol, the swastika.” [Emphasis added]
You know, just because you have the trapping of religious organization, when you deny God and all his works and put in the raving of a single psychopath, I’d call that atheism.
Maybe it’s just that one book.
Let’s switch to The Third Reich: A New History by Michael Burleigh, page 196:
“Nazism represented a sustained assault on fundamental Christian values, regardless of any tactical obeisance to the purchase it had on most Germans. […] The mission here and now, for utopian ends on earth, became a substitute for the futility of earthly existence and the majesty of God.” [The whole passage is quoted here.]
If you read the whole passage it will say that they didn’t want the name atheism applied to their beliefs either…but when you replace God and Heaven with the state and the race, you may not want to call it atheism, but it is atheism.
But, please, perhaps you can find for me a historian who says that Nazi’s weren’t at war with Christianity. Yes early on they allied themselves with Christianity, and even spouted some of the rhetoric of it, but taking a look at the whole of Nazi history shows that their goal was to destroy ALL religion and replace God with the party and the race. I suggest you look right next to the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, or roughly in that area to find bullshit that says that they weren’t atheists.
It if walks like an atheist, talks like an atheist, acts like an atheist; it sure as hell ain’t a duck. Germany paid lip service to religion as it slowly replaced every single aspect of religion with the atheistic state. Communism at first claimed to welcome all religions in the early days and officially banned discrimination based on religion…the difference being that Nazism didn’t last 2 decades, Communism is still going in some parts of the world. Had Nazism lived longer they would have embraced a full atheistic state. And to claim anything else is at best naïve and at worst hideously disingenuous.
So now that we’ve cleared up the atheistic nature of Nazi Germany…I believe the number is 6 million (not counting all the deaths caused by their war to try and spread their evil over the globe). Which I believe brings our total to 100,020,000. All in little over 200 years.
So let’s see here 2,000 years an absurdly liberal estimate puts the death caused by religion at 95.5 Million meanwhile in a tenth of that time atheistic governments, by a very conservative estimate, have killed over 100 Million. I’d hate to see the world after 2,000 years of atheism, the population of mankind would be around zero.
Now, my favorite objection is that these aren’t real atheists because atheists are people who follow reason (a claim I’ve never seen in practice, but let’s go with their objection), and these governments were very unreasonable. Okay, let’s go with that objection and not count any of those deaths that the religion of atheism brought us, but then you have to play fair and admit that all of these supposedly religious governments are equally falling short of their religion’s call for compassion. If you give the benefit of the doubt to one side you have to give it to the other…or will atheists fess up and admit not only to their atrocious reasoning skills (after all the preponderance of the evidence is on the side that there is a God ) but also their deep-seated hypocrisy. I doubt they will. And you wonder why I find them a bitter and violent bunch. Religion shouldn’t take all of the blame for the death toll above, and atheism isn’t the sole cause of the death I attributed to them. And it is wildly poor logic to attribute the acts of one lunatic who claims to be part of a group when they are acting against what most of the members of that group believe (when polls show that a majority of a group is fine with suicide bombing…that’s a different story, and you might want to look at what that belief system is preaching).
In the end there is a simple fact, as bad as religious government can be, and as much as we should always strive for pluralistic and secular government, religious government could go years, even decades without harming those who practiced other religions. For atheistic governments, it would be hard to find a day where an atrocity was not committed. Now the vast majority of atheists are not butchers as the vast majority of the religious aren’t, so again please explain to me how atheists feel they have such a right to their sense of superiority. Perhaps it’s their recorded efficiency.