Ok, one at a time here, first Stalin. Let it be known that no one ever kills for what they DON"T believe in, but for what they believe. No one ever went to war under the banner of Atheism. You dredge up the same old tired and false premiss that Stain murder million under the banner of Atheism. "Stalin was am amoral psychopath and paranoid with a gangsters mentality. He eliminated anyone and everyone who was a threat to his power, including and especially former allies. he had absolutely no regard for the sanctity of man life." Notice in this description, the lack of any mention that his actions were motivated by his Atheism. "In fact many deaths like starvation from famines may or may not have been a directly connected to Stalin's policies."<quoted text>
Here's a rational response:
What can be said of atheism?
Well Karl Marx wrote that religion is the opium of the masses. And what did Marxism spawn? The atheistic states of communism. The Soviet Union with good old Joseph Stalin at the helm produced a genocidal legacy of 20 million people across Asia and Eastern Europe and that's not counting the casualties incurred by the Soviet Army in World War II.
Then we can look at Mao Tse Tung who surpassed genocide and made it to democide by being responsible for the deaths of nearly 45 million people. Mao was a deeply committed follower of Marxism.
Oh yeah then there's also Pol Pot. He was also a Marxist and killed 2 million.
Adolf Hitler was born of a Roman Catholic mother and an alcoholic abusive father. Hitler killed 11 million, some of whom were Christian. Hitler actually wanted to replace worship of Jesus Christ with Nazism. And his extermination of Jews was based upon race, not religion, although he did try to use religion as a propaganda tool.
And because I know you'll bring up the Crusades and Inquisition and Salem Witch trials as a rebuttal, I'll sweep the legs out from underneath that right now, with pleasure of course.:)
The Salem witch trials killed 19 people and was actually brought to a stop by a Christian who recognized the wrongful deeds of others, and held them accountable for their actions.
The Inquisitions killed between 800-20,000 people over 400 years.
And the Crusades killed many thousands but was largely a battle for control within Christianity. In all of these cases there was tremendous and inexcusable loss of life, and no one can claim their side was innocent. But let's not get carried away and claim atheism is as intelligent and cultured as you make it out to be. Far from it.
He killed lots of DIFFERENT folks, not just Christians. He killed faction within his own Communist party. Stalin killed for political and power based reasons, not because he was an Atheist trying to eliminate Christians, learn some history and you'll appear mush less uneducated.
Between 1945 and 1959 under Stalin's leadership the official organization of the church was expanded greatly. The number of open churches went from 500 to 25,000. By 1957 22,000 Russian Orthodox churches became active. How is this explicable if Stalin was motivated by some sort of perverse Atheistic drive to eliminate religion? CHECKMATE!!!