The Fallacy That Communism and Atheism are Joined at the Hip
I was a little dissapointed when I interviewed my old friend about this. He brought up the same issue that I've heard so many times before and I still don't buy it.Basically, he said, and it's mirrored by so many here, that atheistic thought, when accepted at large by a given populace, leads to a totalitarian regime such as what we saw in the Soviet Union. I've sat quietly and patiently through debates where folks have tried to prove through historical quotes such things like, a) The Founding Fathers of the US were all Christians working to bring about "One Nation Under God", or some such rhetoric, or b) the former USSR's horrible regime was caused by the rejection of God. or c) Hitler was an atheist and atheism,material, (or of you're Ben Stein, scientific) thought leads to despotism and genocide.I would like to point out some fallacies in this line of thought.
First off, Russia has, throughout her history, never really been "free", not even today. There are still reports of secret police types hauling people away and what I get from friends who have worked gigs over there, that there are still places you can't go without getting an AK 47 shoved in your face. Under communism, the crime rate of the average citizen remained flat. One would think if collective atheism lead to moral breakdown, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany should've experienced moral anarchy among the average citizens, NOT just the government. Yet clearly this wasn;t the case, in fact it was the exact opposite. Under Nazi Germany, for example, crime among the citizenry was down. In fact, morally "cleaning up Germany" helped Hitler's popularity. If you want to get an idea of the direction Germany was going morally, watch some of the early German silent films,particularly the works of Fritz Lang and the Dr.Mabuse series. Hitler cleaned up alot of prostitution,drugs and pornography when he came to power and it helped his popularity tremendously. In the USSR, such crimes were well policed, just ask any drug dealers who were unfortunate enough to get caught under the old regime.
If godlessness leads to moral breakdown, why didn't the average Soviet citizens decay into collective moral anarchy?
The fact is, these acts of moral outrage, the genocide, the totalitarianism have absoloutely nothing to do with religion,yet have everything to do with power and corruption, which can happen under ANY regime, theistic or not. Human nature is human nature
"Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings."