First of all I never said atheists havnt committed cruel deeds, however they have never been done in the name of atheism…Stalin murdered millions of his own people based on his political beliefs and his own insecurities in relation to holding onto political power.
By claiming that Stalin killed in the name of his atheism is a total distortion of historical facts. Atheism itself isn’t a philosophy, or belief system which people fight and die for. It is only a view of disbelief in the existence of a god or gods.
If someone is murdered by an atheist that dosn’t mean being murdered by atheism. However when people kill because they think it is ordained by their God, then their brand of Religion has killed.
We just need to look at what is happening in Uganda. Under the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009, if passed, will mean
Gays can face the death penalty if caught practising their homosexuality. Their family and friends who did not inform the police about their homosexual activity can face up to seven years in prison. All this is being done in the name of CHRISTIANITY. In fact American evangelicals have travelled to Uganda over the years to whip up anti-gay feelings. It dosn’t matter whether you agree or dissagree with this disgusting Bill. It dosn’t change the fact that it is religiously inspired. And this ain’t even touching the issues concerning The Lords Resistance Army’s attempt at establishing a Uganda based firmly on the Ten Commandments. Christians ARE being taught to hate in religions name! There is nothing you can say that can change that fact. And I’m sure you want to!
Going back to Hitler and the Holocaust. Hitler DID learn his anti-semitism from people like Karl Lueger, the Austrian Mayor of Viena and founder and leader of Christian Social Party. Hitler NEVER learnt to hate Jews from atheists. And as point to note he never recinded his membership of the Roman Catholic Church and that same Church NEVER EXCOMMUNICATED him for his genocide.
The Nazi Party’s programme firmly states:
We demand liberty for all religious denominations in the State, so far as they are not a danger to it and do not militate against the morality and moral sense of the German race. The Party, as such, stands for positive Christianity, but does not bind itself in the matter of creed to any particular confession. It combats the Jewish-materialist spirit within and without us, and is convinced that our nation can achieve permanent health from within only on the principle: the common interest before self-interest.
Hitler also stated:
‘My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before in the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice…. And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people…. When I go out in the morning and see these men standing in their queues ‘and look into their pinched faces, then I believe I would be no Christian, but a very devil if I felt no pity for them, if I did not, as did our Lord two thousand years ago, turn against those by whom to-day this poor people is plundered and exploited’
(speech in Munich. 12 April 1922)
And there are many other statements concerning Christianty.
And another FACT is that the two main Christian churches in Germany supported him. A little research shall show this. Hitler claimed that he was doing Jesus’s work. Whether you believe this or not is irrelevant to the known facts! Yes a handful of Christians did rebel against Hitler and his NSDAP, does not mean that the Christian Churches rebelled also. NO they forbidded it. I would argue that people like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Helmuth James Graf von Moltke would still have organised resistance against the Nazis whether they where theists or not.
So again I make the same statement: Hitler learnt to hate the Jews after listening to anti-semitic speeches by Christians and and this learnt hatred led directly to the death camps at Sobibor, Triblinka and Auschwitch, to name a few.
As for Christ…Before you swallow the New Testament stories, it would be advisable to read Bart D Ehrmans MISQUOTING JESUS. It shows up huge holes in the Jesus story.