Registered On: September 7, 2015
Hitler’s atheism is debatable and many in the church sided with him. Some didn’t, but reality is complex.
Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot were motivated by political extremism. It wasn’t their atheism as such which motivated their misdeeds, as a whole, so you can take your preaching elsewhere.
Any word on the Christian Croatians who committed genocide during WWII against Serbs, Jews and gypsies? They made their beliefs quite explicit in their motivation, many of those who participated were Catholic priests, so you can’t wriggle out of it with any excuse to say they weren’t Christian.
It’s almost as if the world is too simplistic to divide between good and bad actions based on teachings. The simple fact is that there are psychopaths and sociopaths out there who don’t seem to understand morality, and many of them are religious. Belief in God won’t stop them, as we can see plenty of examples of people justifying cruelty towards others through God. The child abusing priests’ belief in God didn’t make them see what they were doing is wrong, nor do the mad mullahs behind ISIS.
If people need a God to tell them what’s right from wrong, and they have no understanding of empathy or compassion based on an understanding of other people, I am on alert, because I don’t know what they’re capable of, because they quite clearly do not feel emotions for the hurt of others. If they can justify a wrong through their beliefs they may well do so. The crucial thing people have is empathy and understanding, because ultimately that is what drives morality. Anyone who needs to check with God to see if their actions impact others is displaying impaired empathy, and that’s a psychopathic trait. Humans have their faults, but the majority aren’t psychopaths. Unfortunately psychopaths can be very manipulative, and are driven by a desire to succeed, which is why we likely see many in powerful positions, regardless of belief.