My critique of Daniel Goldhagen on atheism and genocide
I recently saw Daniel Goldhagen's Worse than War. This was an excellent documentary detailing the factors leading to genocide and its sequelae at various times in history and occurrences all over the globe. It was enlightening that in the book of the same title, he discussed the German genocide prior to Nazi Germany. In particular, the extermination of the Southwestern Africans by the Germans was the warm-up act and set the stage for their tour de force, the holocaust. This was scholarship at its best.
Now for my critique. Dr. Goldhagen was posed a question regarding Jewish complicity among the Bolsheviks as they waged a campaign of mass murder. He replied that they weren't Jewish but were atheists who committed those acts. My reaction was "what a f$#&ing twat!!". An esteemed scholar again joins the theist bandwagon that the Russian communists committted mass murder because they were atheist. On the contrary, the Russian communists committed mass murder because they were COMMUNISTS!!! They followed an extremist ideology and those who did not conform were knocked off. They certainly did not kill in the name of atheism. Furthermore, Goldhagen details the genocide in Rwanda and how quickly he forgets that the majority of Hutus were devout Christians.
What Goldhagen seriously needs to do is educate himself on human nature. He is a Harvard political scientist. All he needs to do is knock on Steven Pinker's door and receive a thoughtful lecture on why people become violent and commit crimes against humanity. He will realize that theism is no antidote.