'Evil atheistic regimes' Argument
Sometimes I run off atheistic and Freethought radio shows to listen secretly at work. (I've got a headphone hidden under a bit loosened mane of my hair covering my ears) In these times, I reach for some Christian's radio shows, just like people sometimes chooses to watch a horror movie for fun and some scary moments. It's still better than my work, if listened to carefully. Recently I heard Matt Slick from CARM to describe atheistic regimes, which killed "far, far, far, far more many millions of people" than Christianic rule. Specifically, Hitler's and communistic Russia regimes. The mattslicky show is available [url=http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/carmorgpodcasting/~5/330524494/rec070808.mp3]here[/url], if you must.
The totalitary political power doesn't think of religion as true or untrue. It knows only terms of 'useful' and 'not useful'. When it opposes religion, then it is simply because it views the Church as a rival in a control over masses and in being a final authority. People under such a regime are not atheists of their own free will, thus also not from true or false reason they could understand or have a control over. The same it is when a religion is a part of the government, in this case people are indoctrinated differently, but for the same reason - to be under control. In the point of controversy, which is if the atheism causes atrocities in the state, then not - there are largery atheistic states with very high level of living standard. (and economic stability in this crisis of today)
On the contrary, a self-achieved atheism is something what requires a certain degree of intelligence, critical thought, logics, and often a power to overcome diffculties. If I remember, in some other, atheistic radio show there was a mention of prison statistics, as for atheism, religiosity, and morality. One would expect the prisons to have a theist/atheist rates similar as in the society. Theists would expect themselves to be more moral, thus the rates of them in prisons should be much lesser. But if I remember the statistics as they were said there, there was 70% of religional people in the America's jailhouses, which would approximately match their amount in society. And, as for people identifying themselves as atheists, less than 1% of them.
To support the claim somehow, here is the link:
1997, Federal Bureau of Prisons, 0.21% of inmates were atheist
Beings who deserve worship don't demand it. Beings who demand worship don't deserve it.