In todays Links I Like post, A post addressing the oft used apologist technique of stating Hitler, Stalin and Pol pot were atheists.
I recently posted about the effect reading Hitch 22 by Christopher Hitchens had on my life and went back through some of his videos available on YouTube. He touches on this topic in his many debates and talks, but this blog post, The Atheist Atrocities Fallacy – Hitler, Stalin & Pol Pot by Micheal Sherlock covers 3 out of the 4 common names in detail.
Mao Tse Dung is the 4th oft named one who was raised Buddhist and may have had Taoist influence.
There is the false equivocation of religion and Theology as well. one can be an atheist but still quite religious. I have made arguments that the world is currently transitioning from monotheist to methiest religions, where people view themselves as supernatural creators of everything in their individual reality tunnels, rather than the beginning and end of an individual unique reality tunnel among countless others, that are all very well set in reality.
Religious apologists, particularly those of the Christian variety, are big fans of what I have dubbed,the atheist atrocities fallacy. Christians commonly employ this fallacy to shield their egos from the harsh reality of the brutality of their own religion, by utilizing a most absurd form of the tu quoque (“you too”) fallacy, mingled with numerous other logical fallacies and historical inaccuracies. Despite the fact that the atheist atrocities fallacy has already been thoroughly exposed by Hitchens and other great thinkers, it continues to circulate amongst the desperate believers of a religion in its death throes. Should an atheist present a believer with the crimes committed by the Holy See of the Inquisition(s), the Crusaders and other faith-wielding misanthropes, they will often hear the reply; “Well, what about Stalin, Pol Pot and Hitler? They were atheists, and they killed millions!”
So what say you about this?
I have seen examples of leaders claiming their faith in X deity has given them the conviction if nto direction to commit things that are considered horrible by history, but I cant find examples of people doing this ‘in the name of atheism’ as some claim.
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