"ood men can do bad things, but it takes religion to make good men do truely evil things"<quoted text>
Yes, I've heard a quote sorta like this, from one of my favorite atheist on another thread. I will say his is longer and better, and comes from an atheist websight.
What we call good and what God calls good, can be way apart. He searches the heart of people.
I don't get it myself, but can only keep saying I truly didn't believe in any god either, and really thought those who did were idiots. A real God woke me up at exactly 1:30 am, over 12 years ago, that I do know. He changed my "core " beliefs. HE NOT ME. HE NOT ME. HE NOT ME.HE NOT ME.
I HAVE NOTHING TO BRAG ABOUT, AND WAS ONLY A SINFILLEE MAN SAVED BY GRACE.
The meaning is simple. If someone believes they are doing something in the name of their god, they can justify all sorts of evil, well because they are doing the work of their god.
Many fervent religious people act like they have an insight with god, that they know something the rest of us don't. They and only they are in on the little secret.
Not to jump to the Hitler thing, but there are plenty of quotes from him where he stated he was doing the work of the lord in his quest to exterminate the Jews. and there is ample evidence that the Vatican gave its tacit approval.
It allows them to pass judgement on others, to condemn other beliefs, to be grossly intolerant and dismissive of others. It allows them to be prejudice.
A prime example is the current trend for many fundamentalists evangelical christians and their obsession with displaying their relligious symbols on public/gov't lands and buildings. Usually the Ten Commandments (their version), crosses and the nativity scenes. But god forbid another religion tries to do the same, and man they scream and fight it tooth and nail. A cross was displayed in the Mojave Desert, and they fought to keep it saying in commenorates the war dead. Good arguement, until they fought an effort to have another religious symbol displayed at tthe same sight for the fallen of that religion.
another example is the opposition to same sex marriage. The only arguements against it I hear are based on religion. When you point out that other religions accept it, so shouldn't they be allowed to have the same rights as christians opposed, it falls on deaf ears. These same christians would have a cow if we started basing our laws on the Koran, yet they have no problem with basing our laws on the Bible. Using your religious beliefs to shape secular law is wrong. Heck, they don't even want to give Muslims the right to use Islamic law to settle differences between Muslims.