Registered On: April 2, 2014
Well BPG, if you look at the history books some tyrants claimed to be religious, like Franco and Mussolini. Stalin actively promoted the Russian Orthodox church.
Others, it seems, were religious, but became less so, like Hitler. Still others apparently never were, at least overtly, like Mao.
Also Bill, you’ve only mentioned only the 20th century, which conveniently ignores Islamic terrorism and IS.
What the tyrants and their acolytes all seem to have in common is a high degree of psychopathy which allowed them to get away mass murder. Witness the pathological egocentricity, grandiosity, manipulative behaviour, the lack of remorse…
Psychopaths seek to manipulate the masses to further their own grandiosity, and politics / religion are merely convenient vehicles which allow them to do this. It’s psychopathy that’s the common denominator, rather than political or religious creed, or lack thereof.
So the insinuation that tyrants weren’t religious, and that’s what made them tyrranical, doesn’t really work, Bill. Where did you read it?