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mnapoli40

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bd2999

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Subj: Re: The difference between right and wrong, and drawing the line.
Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 at 09:56:09 am EST (Viewed 129 times)
Reply Subj: Re: The difference between right and wrong, and drawing the line.
Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 at 09:26:43 am EST (Viewed 144 times)




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    With Hitler, Stalin and others. They were atheists but they did not use atheism. They used religion, nationalism and so on. Nor do I think they thought they were much answering to anybody but themselves for the most part. Some of the religious leaders took their own madness and put it onto a God.


Stalin didn't use atheism per se as a rallying cry (as you said, it was more nationalism and, in this case specifically, communism), but I believe it is a bit disingenuous for people to dismiss the atrocities of communism as the simply the work of a sociopath.

Long before Stalin became a a cruel dictator, he was a thug in the growing communist movement, a movement that was specifically secular. I suppose one could argue that a large part of the country's denizens were still religious (albeit in hiding) during the communist rule, but communism in its beginnings still made up a significant part of the population (it had to, of course, because it needed significant numbers to overthrow the tsar and his followers). I think it would be hard for anyone to argue that the growing communist movement at that time was anything but violent and secular.


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