> Does atheism cause violence?

Does atheism cause violence?

Posted at: 2014-10-02 
Usually not atheism directly. Atheists usually don't fight wars with each other.

I'm sure there are a few radicals who kill religious people from time to time. And many communist governments that committed mass murders were based on atheistic ideals, but atheism wasn't directly linked to the violence.

Basically anything can cause violence when used the wrong way. Just accept that and you'll be fine.

Religion causes more violence, war, and hatred than atheism.

Atheists are tolerant of other beliefs and have better things to do in life than fight others.

Atheists are 16% of the general population but less than 1% of the prison population. So obviously religion leads to crime (which is one form of violence).

The godless are telling the world that religion is wrong and that belief in God leads to wars of religion.

Yet in one century atheist leaders managed to kill more than hundreds of millions of people.

Mao Ze-Dong (China 1958-61, Tibet 1949-50) 49-78,000,000

Jozef Stalin (USSR, 1932-39) the purges+ Ukraine's famine 23,000,000

Leopold II of Belgium (Congo, 1886 -1908) 8,000,000

Hideki Tojo (Japan, 1941-44) civilians in WWII 5,000,000

Ismail Enver (Turkey1915-20) 2,500,000

Pol Pot (Cambodia, 1975-78) 1,700,000

Kim II Sung (North Korea, 1948-94) purges and concentration camps 1.6 million

Menghistu (Ethiopia, 1975-78) 1,500,000

Yakubu Gowon ( Biafra 1967-1970) 1,000,000

Leonid Brezhnez (Afghanistan, 1979-82) 900,000

Adolf Hitler (Germany 1939-45) 12,000,000

Jean Kambanda (Rwanda, 1994) 800,000

Suharto (East Timor, West Papua, Communists, 1966-98) 800,000

Tito ( Yugoslavia 1945-87) 570,000

Fumimaro Konoe (Japan1937-39 Chinese civilians) 500,000?

Jonas Savimbi ( Angola,1975-2002) 400,000

Mullah Omar ( Afghanistan 1986-2001) 400,000

Idi Amin (Uganda1969-79) 300,000

Yahya Khan (Pakistan 1970-71) Bangladesh 300,000

Benito Mussolini (1934-45) 300,000

Mobutu Sese Seko (Zaire 1965-97) ??

Charles Taylor (Liberia1989-96) 220,000

Foday Sankoh (Sierra Leone 1991-2000) 200,000

Michel Micombero ( Burundi 1972) 150,000

Slobodan Milosevic (Yougoslavia 1992-99) 100,000

Hassan Turabi (Sudan1989-99) 100,000

Richard Nixon ( Vietnam 1969-74) 70,000

Efrain Rois Montt (Guatemala 1982-83) 70,000

Papa Doc Duvalier (Haiti 1957-71) 60,000

Hissene Habre (Chad 1982-90) 40,000

Chiang Kai-shak (Taiwan 1947) 30,000

Vadimir Iich Lenin (USSR 1917-20) 30,000

Francisco Franco (spain ) 30,000

Fidel Castro (Cuba 959-99) 30,000

Lyndon Johnson ( Vietnam 1963-68) 30,000

Hafez Al-Assad (Syria1980-2000 25,000

Khomeini (Iran 1979-89) 20,000

Augusto Pinochet (Chile 1973) 3,000

At Zarquwi (Iran 2004-06) 2,000

Atheism itself does not. But there are some ideologies of which atheism has been a part which have resorted to terrible things. Like with religion, there are people out there who will use any excuse they can get to inflict harm on others.

No, atheism is unbelief in any gods. Violence is usually carried out in the name of killing your god's supposed enemies or consolidating a dictator's power. I can't think of a single instance of violence being carried out in the name of atheism.

Any strongly held position, be it political, religious, a world view or other paradigm has the potential to produce violence. The issue is not so much one of position as much as it is human nature. A thankfully limited number of humans turn to violence. This has been true of atheists as well as theists.

No, since atheism does not have a book of violence..

First, the premise that Nazism and Communism were “atheist” ideologies makes sense only within a religiocentric worldview that divides political systems into those that are based on Judaeo-Christian ideology and those that are not. In fact, 20th-century totalitarian movements were no more defined by a rejection of Judaeo-Christianity than they were defined by a rejection of astrology, alchemy, Confucianism, Scientology, or any of hundreds of other belief systems. They were based on the ideas of Hitler and Marx, not David Hume and Bertrand Russell, and the horrors they inflicted are no more a vindication of Judeao-Christianity than they are of astrology or alchemy or Scientology.



Atheists may be violent, theists may be violent. But there is nothing about being an atheist that makes someone violent.

However, for many theists, their holy books contain passages that incite violence against others.

Yeah, those darn atheists with their crusades, inquisitions, witch hunts, genocide. Such violence!

Do Guns Kill People ?


Same Goes For Atheism And Religious People .

Most definitely, anytime an atheist goes public there are death threats from Christians.

No secular democracies have ever gone to war with each other. Does that answer your question?

No, but religious extremism certainly does though.

I believe not.