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 were driven by a hatred for God and Religion.
Joseph Stalin, Atheist: 20 million plus dead
Mao-Tse-Tung, Atheist: 40 million plus dead
Pol Pot, Atheist: 2 million dead
Kim-Il-Sung, Atheist: 5 million dead
Fidel Castro, Atheist: 1 million dead
“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.”
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.
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
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
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.
Theist author, Dinesh D’Souza, 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.”
“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. <http://www.psylib.ukrweb.net/books/maenl01/txt17.
The most influential atheists of the past century lived immoral lives.
MADALYN MURRAY O’HAIR (Atheist leader)
(From Playboy Interview)
PLAYBOY: How many lovers have you had, if you don’t mind our asking?
MURRAY: … I’ve had five affairs, all of them real wingdings.
PLAYBOY: Would you call yourself an advocate of free love?
MURRAY: I’d describe myself as a sexual libertarian — but I’m not a libertine. “To each his own” is my motto. If anybody wants to engage in any kind of sexual activity with any consenting partner, that is their business. I don’t feel that I can sit in judgment on them, or that society can sit in judgment on them. And my sex life is peculiarly my own. I will engage in sexual activity with a consenting male any time and any place I d–n well please.
Playboy Interview of Madalyn Murray O’hair. <http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/madplay.htm> (28 Oct 2007).
AYN RAND (Philosopher)
“ To live for his own sake means that the achievement of his own happiness is man’s highest moral purpose.”
Rand, Ayn, The Virtue of Selfishness. New York: Signet Books, 1964, 27.
“She was also an atheist, and promoted ethical egoism…while condemning altruism.”
“Ayn Rand,” Wikipedia. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayn_Rand
“After several years, Rand’s close relationship with the much younger Branden turned into a romantic affair, with the consent of their spouses.”
ALBERT CAMUS (French writer)
“In 1940, Camus married again. His second wife was Francine Faure,… Although never divorced, Francine suffered immensely from Albert’s persistent and public infidelities.”
“Camus…bought a handsome stone farm house for his family in Province. (Mi, Camus’ young Danish mistress often stayed at the farm house nearby.”
“ But Camus was not a Christian. He neither believed in God nor accepted the specific morality of Christianity. He liked to think of himself as instinctively pagan, a man in love with the tangible pleasures of this earth rather than the ethereal blessings of Heaven.”
Kamber, R., On Camus. Belmont, California: Wadworth Philosophers Series, 2001, 3, 5, 7. )
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE (Philosopher)
“He believed that the values of self-sacrifice inherent in Christianity undermined the cultural development; that democracy and socialism, which treated all people equally, stifled individual creativity and genius; and that universal suffrage gave power to the masses. Therefore, it was up to exceptional individuals to take leadership. He outlined his plan for a new generation of “supermen” who “were free from sentimental inhibitions and prepared …to use violence in the building of a new, nobler world.” (Hitler was one of his most committed followers).
“Thus Spake Zarathustra” (1883-1884). Cited in Christopher, J.R., Wittet, G.G., Modern Western Civilization. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1991, 214.
BERTRAND RUSSELL (Philosopher)
(Although Russell is often quoted by atheists as one of their champions, he was an agnostic, by his own admission.)
“He was a regular visitor at Garsington, the country estate of Lady Ottoline Morrell with whom he had a long affair. It was there that he also met D.H.Lawrence with whom he had a fairly virulent falling out.
In 1921 he divorced and married for the second time to Dora Black, with whom he set up a progressive school.
During the late 1920s and early 1930s, as his marriage to Dora broke down and as he lost faith in Beacon Hill, Russell continued to write books intended to emancipate readers from what he saw as the fetters of outmoded religious belief, restrictive marriages, repressed attitudes towards human sexuality, and authoritarian education practices.
In 1936 he married for the third time to Patricia (Peter) Helen Spence. ”
“Bertrand Russell, Biographical Notes,” Mantex.com. <http://www.mantex.co.uk/ou/a319/russell.htm
BARON D’HOLBACH (Author/Philosopher)
Denying the existence of a deity, and refusing to admit as evidence all a priori arguments, d’Holbach saw in the universe nothing save matter in motion. In this, he was influenced by John Toland. The foundation of morality is happiness: “It would be useless and almost unjust to insist upon a man’s being virtuous if he cannot be so without being unhappy. So long as vice renders him happy, he should love vice.” This theory of morality can be seen as a precursor to utilitarianism.
“Baron D’Holbach,” Wikipedia. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baron_d’Holbach
BARON DE SADE (Philosopher)
(18th Century French Philosopher who epitomizes the life style of many who abandon God and conceive their own immoral code. The word “Sadism” originates in this man)
“French philosopher Donatien Aldonse Louis de Sade argued, often eloquently, for the rejection of faith and religion and embrace of the self and its desires…”
“It was de Sade’s unusual sexual proclivities that made him the man who lent his name to the term ‘sadism’, and although his personal preferences are perverse by today’s standards, they were not particularly unusual for young aristocrats in the eighteenth century. It was his writings — ‘Justine’, ‘120 Days of Sodom’, ‘Lusts of the Libertines’, and others — which branded him an arch pornographer. The lion’s share of these writings involve varying combinations of dubious sexual activities, violence, and fecal matter.”
His work aside, de Sade , spent some 29 years behind bars (either prison or asylum),
“De Sade,” History House., <http://www.historyhouse.com/in_history/desade
NATHANIEL BRANDEN (Psychologist)”In 1950, after having become a fan of Ayn Rand’s novels and exchanging letters and phone calls with her, the 19-year-old Branden met Rand. The pair went on to develop an eighteen-year personal and professional relationship. Eventually, Rand and the much younger Branden had a romantic affair. While both were married to other people at the time, both of their respective spouses consented to the affair before it started.
In 1965 Branden separated from his wife. In 1968, the close relationship between Rand and Branden came to an abrupt end when Rand discovered that Branden had been having a sexual relationship with a third woman, actress Patrecia Scott, without Rand’s knowledge, for more than four years.
Shortly thereafter, Branden moved to California and married Scott (a divorce with Barbara having occurred before his break with Ayn).
Branden married a third time in 1978, wedding businesswoman Devers Israel, from whom he is also divorced.”
“Nathaniel Branden,” Wikipedia. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Branden
Dr. Alfred Kinsey was a confirmed atheist, eugenicist and evolutionist who believed that “religious-based,” “ancient taboos” were to blame for America’s supposedly repressive sexual attitudes and resulting social disorder.”
Smith, J., “Kinsey’s Consequences.” Concerned Women of America.
http://184.108.40.206/search?q=cache%3Am4Di0zyRlpgJ%3Awww.cwfa.org%2Farticles%2F10334%2FCWA%2Ffamily%2Findex.htm+was+kinsey+an+atheist&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=11 (26 May, 2009).
“In other words, Kinsey set out to conduct a study that would reinforce his own liberal attitudes to sexuality, not because of pure scientific motives but because of his atheism and his belief in the Darwinian view that humans were merely animals and morality was repressive.”
“Darwin’s Rogue Monkey, How a Diehard Evolutionist Used Junk Science to Kickstart the Sexual Revolution.” http://www.investigatemagazine.com/Kinsey.htm. (