It's no secret that the Christian religion has been--and continues to be--responsible for much human suffering throughout history; however, what is not so broadly publicized, therefore, overlooked by many, including Atheists, themselves, is the human suffering brought about--albeit, more recent history-- by another form of religion: Atheism (see video below)--not to be confused with Agnosticism, the view that the existence or non-existence of any deity is unknown and possibly unknowable--which claims to be anti-religious, despite it's passionate belief system. I mean, one must ask why was the bloodiest century in history, the most secular century in human history? That is, of course, the 20th century.
Of course, Atheists, like Richard Dawkins, argue that it wasn't militant atheism that was responsible for so much death and destruction; it was the result of communist leaders such as Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and Ceausescu, etc. Yet, the enforcement of atheism was a critical requirement for the success of communism, and thus it had to be implemented at all costs. Not to mention, if you're going to argue that millions were killed due to the insanity of a few men, the same argument could be used for all of the human suffering caused by Christianity. An even viscous leader like Hitler only feigned Christian belief, until it was no longer necessary. Hitler's acceptance of the ideas of Nietzsche and Darwin shaped his ideology and allowed him to justify his atrocities in the minds of Nazis and their supporters. In other words, his initial identification with Christianity was strictly a utilitarian move. The same might even hold true for Constantine the Great, well known for being the first Roman emperor to be converted to Christianity, the question remaining, "was his conversion, authentic, or purely political?” Moreover, conversion to Christianity had to be understood in the context of that time. Many early Christians were still polytheists, including Constantine, accepting a Christian God together with their old gods, and that Constantine was seen as a god, and saw himself as a god, and people revered gods not because they were gods, but because gods were "useful". In other words, it's more complex than the black and white issue portrayed.
“The crimes of atheism have generally been perpetrated through a hubristic ideology that sees man, not God, as the creator of values. Using the latest techniques of science and technology, man seeks to displace God and create a secular utopia here on earth. Of course if some people - the Jews, the landowners, the unfit, or the handicapped - have to be eliminated in order to achieve this utopia, this is a price the atheist tyrants and their apologists have shown themselves quite willing to pay. Thus they confirm the truth of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's dictum, "If God is not, everything is permitted." -- Dinesh D'SouzaLike many religious people, there are many atheists who want the world to believe as they do, that all life is an unintended consequence of coincidence, that life exists by mere chance. This belief is unsupported by scientific fact, thus, 100% faith based. Therefore, militant atheism is the orthodox rejection of intelligence in the creation of life, and in physical reality. Science, or some would say pseudo-science, is their god, because there is no scientific proof that life evolved from nothing, by chance. Skeptics who advocate a materialistic or atheistic viewpoint can be just as militantly intolerant, authoritarian, and dangerous to society, as any fundamentalist religious zealot of any persuasion.
Some might say, yeah but, unlike Christianity, atheism lacks the organization necessary to exert any kind of influence or power. Well, on the surface, that might seem to be true, but dig a little deeper and you will find a very well organized group of people, whose arsenal of persuasion and strategic influence is that much stronger due to its apparent non-existence.
On the surface, this might sound preposterous. How could a few people do battle against the power and wealth of the Christian church? Well, besides infiltrating the Church and the schools dating back to at least the 1950s, which senate hearing testimony proves, today, advances in information technology and the proliferation of electronic media have, more or less, leveled the playing field between these two "religions" in the "war of ideas" After all, critics of Darwinian evolution-- Atheist doctrine--are labeled raving lunatics, fundamentalist Creationists or Right-wing zealots, despite the fact that Darwin's theory is based on post-hoc explanation. In fact, the addition of extraneous hypotheses to a theory to save it from being falsified is what saves the Big Bang theory from complete abandonment. Without the creation of black holes, dark matter, dark energy, the Big Bang theory would've died out long ago. Yet, this is what the public schools and mainstream media promote and teach.
The League of Militant Atheists or Goddless was the organization founded by the Bolshevik's regime in 1925 to spearhead its efforts to promote atheism and he presents the League's propaganda, activities, and personnel at both the central and the provincial levels. Although this organization no longer officially exists, its ideological followers are very influential and powerful in mainstream academia, and to a large extent control the public's understanding of science through suppression of alternative theories, and censorship in the name of science dogma. Countless numbers of scientists have paid a heavy price for the heresy of opposing orthodox interpretations of the cosmos, of how life began...for going against the established paradigms, such as the "Big Bang" theory, and/or the doctrine of Darwinian evolution...
Take TED Talk, a nonprofit supposedly devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading", and its recent censorship of Rodger Sheldrake and Graham Hancock because a few militant atheists declared that they were spreading pseudoscience. Not only that, they admit to having a number of dedicated activists working on the most popular online encyclopedic resource, Wikipedia--that advertises itself as a the democratic information editing platform--amongst other popular platforms of information dissemination that aren't always what they seem. They admitted to it in The Skeptical Inquirer. , one of their publications as well as its British counterpart, the Skeptic.
Don't get me wrong. It's not that atheists aren't entitled to the same rights to free speech as everyone else. Of course they are. What I find objectionable is their intellectual conceit...that thay actually think they aren't involved in a religion, and their insidious effort to censor and suppress on the grounds that it denies scientific evidence, especially when they know these resources are used by the majority of young and non-skeptical readers.
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That said, the establishment paradigm has conquered the physical sciences of astronomy, physics and biology, and has dug its heels in universities and lower schools everywhere. Questioning and/or non-acceptance of these paradigms is equivalent to career death for scientists. So, it appears mainstream science is merely a veneer that masks a very powerful religion.
Martyred in the USSR is a documentary about militant atheism in the former Soviet Union. It tells the personal, emotional and horrific story of what people went through simply because they chose to cling to their faith, even at the risk of death. It did not matter what religion you practiced, if you believed in God in the USSR you were persecuted, and persecuted brutally. From 1917 to 1990 people of faith were shot, executed, thrown in the gulag and left to die because the Soviet Government hated religion. What makes this story extremely important is that the new generation in Russia knows nothing about their past and will deny that the brutality ever happened.