Registered On: September 7, 2015
As I said before, that’s a leap in logic.
The tyrants of the Medieval era were quite happy to kill off enemies, burn people at the stake, all because of religious belief (or religious belief didn’t stop it). They couldn’t kill as many because the population was too small and technology was too undeveloped for mass killing. Far harder to kill thousands without industrialised state apparatus, which allowed the Holocaust and Great Purge across the Soviet Union.
The problem isn’t lack of belief, but belief in dogma which deems others as enemies. Religion is one issue, political extremism is another, as we see with the examples you cite. Skeptics of both religion and political extremism aren’t the ones to blame.
Atheism doesn’t prevent extremism, but it cuts off one outlet for which we can kill because of power or ideology.