On 7/5/2013 6:19 AM, spudboy...@aol.com wrote:
Brent, please acknowledge that aside from the divine right of kings, the Atheist-Marxists did exactly the identical badness under the leaderships of Stalin,Mao, Pol Pot, the Kim Dynasty in North Korean, slaughtered tens of millions, tortured, deprived women of rights, slave labor, and specialized, in torture. All these scientific socialsts, all athesists. Just a way of putting things into perspective.

But unlike the inquistion and the crusades those purges were just for political power, as has been done for millenia. They were not in the name of atheism. Of course religion has often been used as cover for the exercise of political power; but in some of the most egregious cases religious belief itself has motivated the atrocities, c.f. the Cathars. And why not - certainly if it takes torture and bloodshed on a mere temporal scale to avoid an eternity of torture then it is justified.

"But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."
   --- Jesus, Luke 19:27

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