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Author Topic: Compared to Religion, how many people have been killed by Atheism?  (Read 888 times)

Offline P-Kasso2

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This question just came up in conversation with friends. Can anybody please help answer it?
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A lot of people wheel out Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot as examples of perpetrators of atheistic atrocities, although various thinkers such as Christopher Hitchens have made persuasive arguments that this is not the case. Read, for example, https://michaelsherlockauthor.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/the-atheist-atrocities-fallacy-hitler-stalin-pol-pot-in-memory-of-christopher-hitchens/

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I make it....Religions 385 million - Atheists 0. I cannot recall any Atheist states or armies ever charging into war shouting "God is on our side!".  I think this shows Atheists as a tad more caring and devout than Christians, Muslims, Tengrists (Genghis Khan et al) and other assorted religious bigots.

PS I arrived at my very conservative 385 million casualty figures by taking the lowest figures on Wikipedia's List of Wars by Death Toll. Had I taken the highest estimated death toll for religious was or wars waged by people 'with God on their side' then the figure would easily run in to the Billion+ deaths.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_by_death_toll

PPS Excellent link Siasl. Cheers.

PPPS I think I should maybe have said 'Humanists' rather than 'Atheists' - because I do not regard Stalin as a true Atheist, more as a godless tyrant. He was certainly not a Humanist.
« Last Edit: 24 June, 2017, 08:31:07 PM by P-Kasso2 »
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