Fruits of the Godless
The Horrors of Atheist Regimes
On the web site what's wrong with atheism they take a look: " at times when atheistic philosophy gained political power and to do that they look at the French Revolution and a host of Marxist revolutionary regimes. When we do this we see a constant story of repression and murder". Let's take a look at the thread its very interesting:
Modern Historians often cite the French Revolution as the beginning of the modern period. This should not surprise as most of our Universities over the last century were, and still are imbedded with a Leftist philosophy. That philosophy sees the French Revolution as their own cultural watershed and coming of age. After all it was in this period of revolution that the ‘Cult of Reason’ was proclaimed, together with the invention of ‘The Enlightenment’ , the critique of Christianity and the coming to power of an atheistic movement that threw off religion and ‘backward superstition‘.
The fact is often conveniently overlooked that after the Revolution, in cold blood, that atheist movement publicly and systematically murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent Frenchmen first by guillotine and then by mass drowning when the method of public beheading was deemed to be inefficient. It is also overlooked that the Revolution self-imploded after only a few short years in brutal infighting and disillusionment which mirrors the implosion of many 20th century Atheist states from Russia to Ethiopia to Portugal etc. After the horrors of murder and suppression were fully unleashed and had run its course, in the name of Progressive social engineering, there was no intellectual strength, morality or common desire to support the subsequent Godless societies.
The short 18th century period of time where the French atheists came to power is called ‘The Reign of Terror’. Such brutality had not been seen in Christendom before. It would lift the curtain for subsequent European and global genocides which followed the same anti-religious rhetoric fuelled by the Enlightenment values of atheistic thinkers. The 20th century atheist horror is called the ‘Red Terror’. And terror it certainly was, even more bloodthirsty and savage then the one that it proceeded from. It still goes on today in parts of China and North Korea. Many other former atheist countries have today reversed their views of religion as a backward superstition and actively try to incorporate religion into the running of their failed states. We are seeing also in the intellectual West a quiet move away from the promotion of atheism as the full horrors and failures of where that philosophy leads becomes apparent.
For a short while after the bloodthirsty destruction and failure of the French Revolution atheism was shunned by the political and philosophical classes. Charles Darwin and the naturalist theory of ‘The Survival of the Fittest’ then provided a new impetus. It is interesting to note that Christian Churches were not generally against the theory of evolution and Charles Darwin himself left open the question of God although he personally apostatized from Christianity. In many atheist minds though, the new theory made it more credible, acceptable and even necessary to be an atheist.
Many of these atheistic thinkers drew their inspiration from Darwin and looked again to remake society in natural terms. Ideas of a God were again ridiculed and those who held such ideas were again considered intellectually superstitious and backward. Many of the ‘Enlightened’ thinkers from that period are today held as the founders fathers of atheistic philosophy. They also were indirectly responsible for the horrors that descended upon us in the last century.
Karl Marx, the founder of what is called socialist Marxism took Charles Darwin’s notion of a struggle for survival in nature and applied it to his struggle between human social and economic classes proclaiming an inevitable evolution from Capitalism to Socialism. He viewed Christianity as outdated and scientifically disproved and a hindrance to the progressive evolution of society. Hitler subsequently took Darwin’s and Marx’s ideas, joined them with other Atheistic ideas of Nietzsche and Wagner and applied it to the struggle between different human races. Dozens of ‘enlightened’ megalomaniacs and monsters of history took up the same insanity all around the globe in different local contexts in the 20th century. The result was the same in each context. Large numbers of people were de-selected (murdered) for the progressive evolution of the state into a socialist Utopia. Religion took the brunt of the destruction by this enlightened philosophy which somehow saw itself as exclusively following reason and science.
In the Christian West, Marx’s spiritual Socialist children had the idea that an outdated Christianity needed to be ruthlessly expunged and/or replaced for their modern progressive revolutions to succeed. The inspiration of the French Revolution together with Darwin’s idea of evolution by the removal of the weakest was the rationale for their subsequent progressive purges of large sections of their own populace and the purposeful purging of Christian intellectual opposition.
Whilst International Socialists viewed Christianity as an enemy which needed to be exterminated altogether, Hitler’s National Socialism viewed Christianity as a Jewish corruption that needed to be remade in a German context, controlled and put to use by the progressive state.
Soviet Socialists imprisoned and murdered hundreds of thousands of priests, demolished tens of thousands of Churches, made it illegal to teach Christianity in schools, allowed millions of Ukrainian peasant Christians to die of starvation, exiled millions of other citizens into concentration camps, made it illegal for people under the age of 18 to participate in religious ceremonies, taught children atheism in public schools and gave then homework projects of converting one of their family members to atheism.
Adolph Hitler also made it illegal to teach Christianity in schools, united all Protestant Churches under the authority of the state replacing Church crosses with Swastika’s, made it compulsorily for German youth to attend weekly Hitler youth camps which clashed with Sunday Church services, closed Catholic newspapers, tried to replace Catholic school crucifixes with pictures of Hitler, negotiated the removal of Catholic parties from German politics, then orchestrated a media campaign against the Church, threw hundreds of nuns out of the state social services, sponsored the state confiscation of Church property, imprisoned thousands of priests in concentration camps and planned to kidnap and assassinate the Pope.
China and North Korea today imprison Christian intellectual opposition and it is illegal to be a Catholic in those countries. They both have de-selected (murdered) countless millions of dissidents and unborn children in their own population by forcibly arresting and ripping to shreds the babies from the wombs of young mothers in the name of the progressive natural engineering of society.
Hitler was directly influenced by German atheist writers such as Nietzsche and Wagner. For example, Hitler made comments such as ‘one cannot understand National Socialism unless one first understands Wagner’ which clearly link his National Socialism with the atheistic thinker. Hitler also was on friendly terms with the sister of the atheist philosopher Nietzsche. Nietzsche was one of the great founders of modern atheism. Freud for example made the comment that no other man saw the human condition quite so clearly as Nietzsche. Hitler personally presented Elizabeth Nietzsche with flowers for her then dead brother and received from her Nietzsche’s favourite walking stick. He also posed for a book photograph under a Nietzsche statue, visited often the Nietzsche museum and presented a collection of Nietzsche writings to his fellow dictator Mussolini who was both an admitted atheist and an admirer of Nietzsche‘s writings. Hitler also used terms and ideas that were developed by Nietzsche such as ‘Lords of the Earth‘ who were defined as a particular ruling race who would subsequently exterminate lesser races. A favourite term of Hitlers was Nietzsche’s ‘Übermensch’ that was used in the context of Hitler’s master race ideology.
While calling themselves socialists and following much atheistic ideology, the Nazis looked originally to forcibly discredit and take over Christianity rather than destroy the concept altogether. Alfred Rosenberg, one of Hitler’s ministers and known for his hatred of Christianity was a leading figure in this history. He was a prominent player in the Nazi state creation of what was called ‘Positive Christianity’ and later published his plan to confiscate all Christian church property, replace the bible with Mein Kampf, ban the printing of the Bible in Germany and make it illegal to import bibles from other countries.
These two strands of socialism, national and international, both based on atheistic philosophy and underpinned by Social Darwinism and Enlightenment thinking has caused terror, pain and death on a scale that has never before been seen and God willing, never again will be.
Modern progressive atheist regimes de-selected (murdered) their own people in mass quantities numbering collectively into the hundreds of millions. Just a few of these countries include China, Russia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Poland, Ethiopia and Yugoslavia. The number of people killed by these regimes is staggering and it was all done in a very short time period.
By comparison, the much heralded Spanish Inquisition, run by the secular (civil) authorities of Spain in the Medieval Period after 800 years of Muslim colonial rule, executed a maximum of 4,000 people over a time frame of well over 300 years. The entire Spanish Inquisition’s death toll would not make the top 30 of Atheist Government atrocities just in the 20th century alone. Places like Mongolia and Albania in the last century had atheist regimes who each brutally killed 25 times more people than did the secular run Spanish Inquisition. These atheist atrocities were themselves 25 times smaller than the atheist atrocities in Yugoslavia and Ethiopia and yet even these atheist atrocities were themselves more than 25 times smaller than the Russian and Chinese atheistic atrocities.
Yet how many even know about such numbers of atheist atrocities in the West? How many atheists burst with forced indignation about distant imagined atrocities by the Pope all the while creating a false history in their own minds in which to justify their present irrational anger towards Christianity? Is that healthy? Is that rational?
My thesis is that the militant atheist mind needs to justify its attacks on religion by forcing itself to perceive both history and science in an absurd and illogical way which is intellectually narrow and ultimately mentally unhealthy. That’s not to say atheists are mentally ill, but the direction that an atheist philosophy pushes one is to be super critical of the world around him that was forged by Christianity. Psychologically it is advantageous if Christianity, Christians and Christian history is imagined as evil and backward. Such a direction can produce a gradual mean spirited, arrogant and super critical closed mind.
Atheism and Communism
On the website conservapedia.com it shows how communism and atheism are linked and that communist party members are not allowed to be Christians or be affiliated with any other religion. There are examples of militant atheist videos at the bottom of this article.
The Russian Revolution caused the most notable spread of atheism
According to the University of Cambridge, historically, the "most notable spread of atheism was achieved through the success of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which brought the Marxist-Leninists to power."
Vitalij Lazarʹevič Ginzburg, a Soviet physicist, wrote that the "Bolshevik communists were not merely atheists but, according to Lenin's terminology, militant atheists." However, prior to this, the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution established an atheist state, with the official ideology being the Cult of Reason; during this time thousands of believers were suppressed and executed by the guillotine.
The French Revolution, in fact, had also been a massive inspiration for Karl Marx in forming Communism, in particular the events of the Reign of Terror, which he made clear not only that he intended to reenact, but in a Prussian newspaper, he also made clear that he intended to ensure that the violence as a result of the Communists would outclass even that of the Reign of Terror.
Atheistic Communism and repression
The atheism in Communist regimes has been and continues to be a form of militant atheism which led to various acts of repression, including the razing of thousands of religious buildings and the killing, imprisoning, and oppression of religious leaders and believers.
The persecution of Christians in the Soviet Union was the result of the violently atheist Soviet government. In the first five years after the October Revolution, 28 bishops and 1,200 priests were murdered, many on the orders of Leon Trotsky. When Joseph Stalin came to power in 1927, he ordered his secret police, under Genrikh Yagoda to intensify persecution of Christians. In the next few years, 50,000 clergy were murdered, many were tortured, including crucifixion. "Russia turned red with the blood of martyrs", said Father Gleb Yakunin of the Russian Orthodox Church. According to Orthodox Church sources, as many as fifty million Orthodox believers may have died in the twentieth century, mainly from persecution by Communists.
In addition, in the atheistic and Communist Soviet Union, 44 anti-religious museums were opened and the largest was the "Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism" in Leningrad's Kazan cathedral. Despite intense effort by the atheistic leaders of the Soviet Union, their efforts were not effective in converting the masses to atheism.
China is a Communist country. In 1999, the publication Christian Century reported that "China has persecuted religious believers by means of harassment, prolonged detention, and incarceration in prison or `reform-through-labor' camps and police closure of places of worship." In 2003, owners of Bibles in China were sent to prison camps and 125 Chinese churches were forced to closed. China continues to practice religious oppression today. According to Asian Economic News, in 2004 the atheistic and Communist government of China had an internal document which directed the Chinese media to promote atheism, instructed internet media to remove user comments that advocate alternative spiritual views, and called for a ban on publications that disseminate religious material out of step with Marxism or atheism. The efforts of China's atheist leaders in promoting atheism, however, is increasingly losing its effectiveness and the number of Christians in China is explosively growing. China's state sponsored atheism has been a failure and a 2007 religious survey in China indicated that only 15% of Chinese identified themselves as atheists.
North Korea is a repressive Communist state where public religion is discouraged, and is officially an atheist state. The North Korean government practices brutal repression and atrocities against North Korean Christians, and all open religious activity in North Korea was persecuted and eradicated after Kim Il-sung took power, only to be revived in the present as part of a political show.
It has been estimated that in less than the past 100 years, governments under the banner of Communism have caused the death of somewhere between 40,472,000 and 259,432,000 human lives. Dr. R. J. Rummel, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii, is the scholar who first coined the term democide (death by government). Dr. R. J. Rummel's mid estimate regarding the loss of life due to communism is that communism caused the death of approximately 110,286,000 people between 1917 and 1987. Richard Dawkins has attempted to engage in historical revisionism concerning atheist atrocities, but was shown to be in gross error.
Atheistic communism and torture
The website Victimsofcommunism.org declares concerning atheistic Communism and the use of torture:
“Significantly, communists did not merely try to block or halt religious faith but to reverse it. This was particularly true for Romania, even before the Nicolai Ceausescu era. This meant not just forbidding religious practice and jailing ministers and believers but employing torture to force them to renounce their faith. It was not enough to contain, silence, even punish believers in prison; it was decided they must be tortured in truly unimaginably degrading ways to attempt to undo religious faith.”
Laziness in atheistic Communist countries vs. Protestant work ethic
Widespread sloth in the former Soviet Union helped cause much poverty. A study performed in the former Soviet Union found that over 50% of the work force admitted to drinking alcohol while on the job.
On the other hand, Harvard University historian Niall Ferguson declared: "Through a mixture of hard work and thrift the Protestant societies of the North and West Atlantic achieved the most rapid economic growth in history." In China, the growth in religion has accompanied China’s fast economic growth over the last twenty years. Christianity is seeing rapid growth in China and the historian Niall Ferguson attributes this recent economic growth to the Protestant work ethic being more incorporated into Chinese society.
Nikolai Yezhov walking with
Joseph Stalin in the top photo
taken in the mid 1930s. Subsequent
to his execution in 1940, Yezhov
was edited out of the photo
by Soviet Union censors.
Secular leftists, the Soviet Union and historical revisionism
In terms of academic and popular history, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) often engaged in historical revisionism via their control of political/ideological public discourse (media, education, etc.) and via the monitoring/silencing/imprisonment/persecution of citizens through the KGB.
During and subsequent to the rule of Nikita Khrushchev (1956–64), there was competition between the pro-Stalinists and anti-Stalinists in terms of how Soviet history was portrayed.
Evolutionary belief and Communism
The theory of evolution played a prominent role in regards to atheistic Communism. Communists, in particular Stalinists, favored a version of Lamarckism called Lysenkoism developed by the atheist Trofim Denisovich Lysenko. Lysenko was made a member of the Supreme Soviet and head of the Institute of Genetics of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. Later Lysenko became President of the All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Many geneticists were imprisoned and executed for their bourgeois science, and agricultural policies based on Lysenkoism that were adopted under Stalin and Mao caused famines and the death of millions.
"Communism also took evolution to its logical conclusion. If everything just evolved from 'natural law,' then man's opinion, not God's Word, determines what is right and wrong. If the working class can take power by armed struggle, then this is 'right,' regardless of how many must die to bring in the socialist paradise. Communism's death toll far outranks the Nazis'—probably more than 90 million worldwide.
Dr. Carl Wieland
Some have claimed that the bloodthirsty deeds of Stalin were an 'aberration' from the revolution's ideals. However, it was Lenin, the 'father' of the Russian revolution, who 'perfected the science of mass killings,' and total, merciless brutality as the ultimate method of political control. Evolution was the chief tool used to brainwash Communism's masses into 'scientific atheism.' If everything just evolved, then everything is at the whim of the most powerful, and there is no Maker to whom to be answerable. Hence Stalin’s belief that killing millions of people was no worse than mowing your lawn (grass is our cousin in evolutionary doctrine).
Mao's reign of terror and lies resulted in the deaths of tens of millions. It is no coincidence that his two favorite books were by the evolutionists Darwin and Huxley. With millions dying from his forced famine, his physician records that Mao said, 'We have so many people we can afford to lose a few.' His successors have since persecuted and killed hundreds of thousands more. "
Atheistic Communist regimes and forced labor
In atheistic Communist regimes forced labor has often played a significant role in their economies and this practice continues to this day.
Soviet Union and morality
Atheist Christophe Hitchens
is known for having
a history of heavy drinking.
"Peter wrote that his views changed slowly, as he came to see the fruit of atheism. Part of this realization came when he was working as a journalist in Moscow, during the final years of the Soviet Union. His depiction of this godless society was sobering. He wrote of the riots that broke out when the vodka ration was cancelled one week; the bribes required to obtain anesthetics at the dentist or antibiotics at the hospital; the frightening levels of divorce and abortion; the mistrust and surveillance; the unending official lies, manipulation and oppression; the squalor, desperation and harsh incivility. Peter wrote of how traffic stops dead in Moscow when rain begins to fall, as every driver fetches wind-screen wipers from their hiding places and quickly fits them to their holders. Any wipers left in place when the car is parked are stolen as a matter of course.
The atheist, humanistic ideology of the state, he believed, had even affected the Russian language. Peter spoke to a descendant of an exile, whose grandparents had fled Moscow in the days of Lenin. Having been brought up to speak pure Russian in his American home—the elegant, literary language of his parents—he was shocked when he visited Russia to hear the course, ugly, slang-infested and bureaucratic tongue that was now spoken, even by educated professionals."
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn offered the following explanation:
"Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: 'Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened.'
Since then I have spend well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: 'Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened."
Examples of militant atheists
5 uncomfortable facts atheists need to hear
On the web site Premier Christianity states that: "the ideology of atheism is deeply destructive. The atheist rarely contemplates the following five uncomfortable truths. But they need to. There are consequences to the atheistic mindset. And they are all horrific." Here is what the blog has to say about 5 uncomfortable truths atheists need to hear.
1. Atheism is responsible for more deaths than Judaism or Christianity
Fascism and communism - both of which were atheist ideologies - murdered more than 150 million people in the 20th Century alone.
Communist and other godless regimes have continued to kill hundreds of thousands since. Add the millions of rapes, tortures and enslavements by these same godless regimes, and you’ve got yourself a pretty ugly picture.
The atheist’s favorite ‘go to’ accusation against Christianity includes the Inquisition, the Crusades, the Salem Witch Trials and the church paedophilia scandal. However, even assuming that all such wrongs occurred as a direct result of church doctrine (they did not, but let’s assume so), the numbers dwarf in comparison to what atheism has wrought.
The Crusades involved the deaths of approximately 1.5 million people. Most of them were soldiers on both sides, as well as people who died of disease and other peripheral causes. The Inquisition resulted in less than 5,000 deaths over a span of approximately 300 years. The Salem Witch Trials spanned just four months, resulting in a total of 19 killed.
There are other so-called ‘killings’ that occurred as a result of religious fervor (the French Religious Wars, the 30 Years War, and so forth), but even adding all those up, you could not even reach ten per cent of the numbers of deaths that godless regimes have caused.
To argue that “religion has caused more death than anything else” is a quip that has no basis in fact.
2. Hitler was not a Christian
Atheists routinely urge that the Nazis were Christian, invoking Christianity to justify their horrors. This is false.
Nazism and fascism never held themselves out as Christian enterprises. More particularly, Hitler himself despised Christianity. He saw Christianity as “meek” and “flabby” and sought to destroy it “root and branch”. He bemoaned why Germany was “stuck” with “feeble minded” Christianity and preferred other “strong-arm” systems.
Hitler’s writings and speeches are so full of passages dripping with contempt for Christianity that to argue he was Christian is like arguing George Washington fought for the British during the Revolutionary War.
3. Atheism is an ideology - whether you realise it or not
The most common argument is that atheism is not an ideology; it merely reflects the absence of faith in religion. They just don’t believe in God. Why can’t we please leave them alone?
But it turns out they don’t want to leave you alone. On social media most atheists are bizarrely vocal about their contempt for Christianity and, to a lesser extent, Judaism, for their beliefs. They believe these religions frustrate progress. They argue with great passion that we’d be better off if we just eradicated God once and for all. Godless regimes have always sought the eradication of God with passionate zeal, deadly efficiency on a mass scale, and unspeakable cruelty.
Such thinking is an ideology. Such “non-belief” has devastating consequences. Not believing in God is like not believing in seat belts. Or better yet: it’s like not believing in the police, the judiciary, medicine or fire stations. You don’t have to believe in them, but living in a world without them has consequences.
4. People of faith are responsible for a huge amount of good in our society
Atheists don’t give credit for what the Church and Judaism have done for civilisation: the creation of our notions of justice, the hospital system, the university, public schools, charity, progress, truth and freedom itself.
Who fought against and ultimately destroyed the evils of slavery? The Christians and Jews. Who were the only ones who fought against the horrors of eugenics (forced sterilisation of those the state deemed inferior), and China’s horrific “one child” policy? The Christians and Jews.
5. Judaism and Christianity created civilisation
A world centered around God has allowed us to pursue the great blessings of God: beauty, justice, truth and freedom itself. Such things mean nothing without God’s presence.
Atheists may enjoy such values, and even benefit from them, but they are only living off of what others have created. There is no real reason to pursue any of these values without a sense of purpose. Purpose itself is meaningless without God.
Without God, there is no reason to have children, or to hope for the continuation of our family name or our values. There is no reason to die for our country, or for freedom. After all, what’s the point? In a world without God, we need only do what the animals do: mate, eat, and make sure not to be eaten. We need only live for today.
This is contrary to the notion of “civilisation”. By definition, civilisation contemplates a future that is better than our present, and we derive lessons from the past to do so. Civilisation does not mean we just have a good time on the planet while we are here; civilisation means we seek a better vision for our collective future. We know this instinctively, but many never quite incorporate it into their worldview.
William Murray, Son of the Founder of American Atheists, Converts to Christianity
By James Bishop January 25, 2017
Now deceased Madalyn, once known as the most hated woman in America and a title she apparently took great pleasure in (1), fought a war against school prayer and won. It was further ruled in her favour that official Bible-reading in American public schools in 1963 and onward would cease.
According to her son Murray (now 70 years of age), as captured on film while still a school pupil during this whole affair, “I am an atheist, and I wish to be an atheist, and I don’t feel it would be appropriate for me to stand up and say the Lord’s Prayer” (2).
Madalyn subsequently founded the American Atheists and sued the city of Baltimore demanding that the state collected taxes from the tax exempt Catholic church. She also sued NASA arguing that public prayer ought to be banned by government employees in outer space. She would also challenge the words under God in the pledge of allegiance as well as the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” on currency.
However, things took a turn when in 1995 Madalyn, her son Jon, and granddaughter Robin were kidnapped and murdered by former American Atheist employee David Waters.
But Murray, now matured and all the more wiser, is willing to look back on these events and describe to us what really happened. And, perhaps proving to be quite the slap to the face of his mother, Murray has since denounced his atheism and become a Christian.
He has penned a book called ‘My Life Without God,’ and is also the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition. Nonetheless, Murray explains the dynamics of his family during his childhood:
“My family was definitely different. My mother tried to defect to the Soviet Union, she was a Marxist leader in the community, our neighbourhood was for the most part immigrants from many of those communist countries like Poland, from Hungary, from East Germany. And to have somebody in their neighbourhood who wanted to make this country like that one [resulted] in pretty much a lot of animosity towards the family and toward me.”
Murray grew up an atheist and was part of his mother’s plan to get schools to give up prayer. So what changed his mind? Murray explains,
“Well, I was raised in that atheist and marxist existence primarily because our family was so dysfunctional nobody could hold down a job. [However], I didn’t end up having that problem and I wound up being very successful in business [but] unfortunately although I got rid of the Marxism the atheism stayed with me, and instead of being an atheist Marxist I became a libertarian atheist and lived that libertarian lifestyle of thinking the only thing that is important is me and that everybody that can’t make it should just starve to death.
THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS THAT THAT LIFESTYLE IS DESTRUCTIVE AND NEARLY DESTROYED ME, AND WHEN YOU GET DOWN TO THE POINT OF DESTRUCTION THERE IS THAT ONE WHO IS WILLING TO LIFT YOU UP OUT OF YOUR MUCH AND THAT ONE IS JESUS CHRIST.”
“Going back to that horrible lifestyle of thinking that you’re the centre of the universe and that the only thing important to you is booze, food and sex, that led to near self-destruction. Finally I turned to a 12 step programme in order to get out of it and I was getting out of it, and there was this mysterious God getting me out of it, and I wanted to know who that God was.
I went on a search for him but there is that eternal resistance [saying] that it cannot be that God my mother hated so badly, but the reality was that that is who that God was, and that is who that God is. It was he who was willing to reach down and grasp me up.”
However, Murray’s 1980 conversion occurred while his mother was still alive. Apparently it didn’t go down all that well, and learning of this, she commented,
“ONE COULD CALL THIS A POSTNATAL ABORTION ON THE PART OF A MOTHER, I GUESS; I REPUDIATE HIM ENTIRELY AND COMPLETELY FOR NOW AND ALL TIMES… HE IS BEYOND HUMAN FORGIVENESS” (2).
These are undoubtedly some harsh words on the part of a parent so one would wish to know how it went down with Murray; he explains,
“Oddly it didn’t hurt that much because of how dysfunctional the home was that I was raised in. The number of times in which I had done something that was perhaps wrong in her eyes as a child and [after which] she looked at me and said “I wish abortion had been legal when I was carrying you”… she told me that to my face when I was younger. So this [statement] was nothing more than a continuation of that.
But that is the type of home where the only thing that is important is are those material things, those material philosophies, or government or statism. When only those things are important to you the feelings of people, of individuals aren’t that important to you.”
Murray captures all of this in his book (4),
“My Life Without God, my first book which is autobiographical, has been in print for over three decades now, and interestingly enough it is as pertinent today as when I published it because people do not understand what the real case was about to remove prayer from public schools. They think it is about separation of church and state and it was not about separation of church and state.
There were many other issues particularly from my mother who filed the lawsuit the issue was a hatred for God and a hatred for capitalism. She was a utopianist, she was involved in magic thought when it came to economic matters and religious matters. She though that a human condition could be created on a utopian condition where the most intelligent, namely her and her friends, could devise a system that would equal God’s system in heaven.
And that there was no need for God, no need for capital, there was no need for any kind of competition [and] that all the needs could be supplied. Her actual, original reason for bringing this lawsuit was to get God out of the picture because she though that the church was the one of the three legged pillars that supported capitalism.
And by eliminating prayer out of schools, getting God out of the public, that that would eliminate the capitalist system… she was basically an avowed Marxist, utopianist, and this is why I understand that issue so well having been brought up in that type of environment.”
There is a lot to chew on here but what I find truly remarkable, or at least what I undoubtedly take away from Murray’s story, is that Murray has come out of it as a man of peace, wisdom, and love for others. That is truly remarkable.
1. Rappoport, J. 1998. Madalyn Murray O’Hair: Most Hated Woman in America.
2. YouTube. Madalyn O’Hair’s Son – The Horrors Of Atheism! Available.
3. Dracos, T. 2003. “The Family Dysfunctional”. Ungodly: The Passions, Torments, and Murder of Atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair. p. 138.
4. YouTube. 2016. William J. Murray: My Life Without God. Available.
Atheism – a Mistaken World View
According the website the Renegade Tribune, the world has a mistaken view of atheism and this is their opinion.
Most Atheists come out from a rebellion against Christianity, Islam, or Judaism (Christianity and Islam accounting for most cases). They abandon Abrahamic faiths, which have been forced on peoples and cultures through recent world history. Atheism allows someone to break the chains of these semitic mind-slave cults. It is a good start down a right path, but that’s all it should be.
There are of course flaws in this mind set. With the average Atheist, we can note that the world view becomes an unhealthy mix of Arrogance and Materialism.
With arrogance comes the idea that as mankind “grows up”, it puts away childish things such as gods. This builds the idea that they are ahead of everyone. It builds ego in a way. And let us not forget, arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand. These people never learn what a god really is, they only understand what the Abrahamic sense of a god is.
The second thing is Materialism. After figuring out there isn’t an afterlife (at least in the Abrahamic sense) they are brought to the conclusion that this is all the time they have. They must live for the here and now. This may be a good thing, but with modern society’s nurture this becomes bad. Life becomes only about pleasure seeking and self indulgence. Many turn to Capitalist or Marxist mindsets, and have no sense of Idealism. Actually the Marxist tendency prevails among more Atheists than Capitalism.
Most importantly, Atheism is a product of Cultural Marxism. Atheism enforces Egalitarianism, because there are no gods of individual groups of people. It breaks down the borders between people and takes their individual collective soul. Cultural Marxism has used Atheism to break down society just like homosexuality, feminism, etc. The job of atheists is to destroy the religious traditions of a society. Why?
Religion provides social cohesion, stability, unity, a moral code, and provides a spiritual subconscious expression of the people. Religion can create Idealism and social collaboration, because it makes the people spirituality connected. Atheism lacks belief in the spiritual, is quite often amoral and lacks idealism. Atheism replaces these with Individuality and Materialism. This degenerates and destroys a society.
Does going against atheism to preserve spirituality throw out science and philosophy? No, although Atheism does go against human nature.
Spirituality, scientific or not, is part of the human psyche, just as much as reason is. There is a reason why peoples and nations have gods and heroes. And there is a reason why those shouldn’t be taken away.
Atheists often argue that gods of a culture exactly match the culture they belong to, as if the gods are just a manifestation of the culture. Well, that is because they are.
The Gods and heroes are spiritual manifestations of a human society, they are part of the collective soul – their collective conscious. This is especially the case in native religions.
That is why Mars was the patron of Rome. Mars was disciplined, strong, intelligent, and high willed. This reflects the Roman Legion exactly. Or the Spartans claiming ancestry to Hercules. Like him, they desired to be strong, fit, high willed, and overcome the impossible. He was part of them, their soul as a people. Even in the North with Sigurd the dragon slayer, with the Germanic people.
We also see this with YHWH, the Jewish god. He is a blood thirsty tyrant, just like the people who worship him. We see this in their biblical accounts, and with the psychotic modern state of Israel today. YHWH is their collective consciousness. And of course they created Christianity and Islam to be mind-slave religions for non-Jews (goyim: cattle), with this same blood thirsty god, to replace our own.
Although when Christianity was brought into Europe, Europe molded Christianity into a different image. That is why Traditional Christianity is so different from European Christianity, because Christianity is not our native religion. It was mixed with Pagan customs and beliefs.
Spirituality does not mean the lack of intelligence. It was the Pagan Greeks and Romans who invented Science and Philosophy. It was Pagans in those days who created amazing headway into Art, Theater, Music, Architecture, Learning, etc. It was the Christians who suppressed progress. The awakening of the European (pagan) spirit made a rebirth of culture.
The question is not whether or not religion is the problem, it is what is the purpose of this religion? To bring out the spirit of a people? Or to suppress it in submission to please a fictional god? Atheism rejects religion, therefore doing no better than the latter idea of religion. The people’s spirit can not be expressed, because (to them) the “spirit” doesn’t exist.
So in conclusion, Atheism is a Cultural Marxist tool for the further destruction of society. Atheism is on the decline, and on the rise is Nationalism and Native Spirituality. The Collective European Soul is awakening, and we will not need Atheism to combat these mind-slave faiths, that suppress our reason, and force us to blindly believe ridiculous claims. No longer will we be part of this slave morality of Christianity, but also not of the amorality of Atheism.
Why Marxists Are Atheists
We print below a letter we received from a young reader on the existence of God and the reply by an LRP comrade.
I read the COFI political resolution. It looks like I would fit perfectly into the party except for one thing. Before I bother you further, I should ask if it’s acceptable for me to join if I believe in God? I believe I should be allowed, and I will give some defense.
I understand wholeheartedly that all the major religions and denominations therein have been used to maintain the status quo and the wealth of the ruling classes throughout history. I also understand that religious intolerance and persecution have been effective in keeping the oppressed working class divided throughout history. However, my belief in God has nothing to do with religion any more.
In fact, it has been through thinking about the religious texts that I have come to the conclusion that communism is what we need to fight for. Robert Macafee Brown wrote a book titled Unexpected News in which he points out to modern American wealthy that God is not “on our side.” He explains how the central theme running throughout the Bible is not religion, but class struggle! He explains that if the biblical trend holds true, the oppressed workers of the world must rise up and defeat their oppressors, and God will be on their side. The only reason this has not been realized is because of the ruling-class elite within the religious hierarchies, and preachers of most capitalist churches changing, deemphasizing, or overemphasizing parts of the texts in order to allow room for capitalism.
Finally, I would like to point out that I believe any true follower of God need not be concerned about religious differences, or converting people to a particular religion. They need to convert people to communism. No person who is against true, permanent, proletariat socialist revolution is a true follower of God.
In closing I would like to say that there should be no resources necessary for religious worship. Religious worship should never take any resources away from the people.
I don’t feel my belief will be a hindrance. God desires the oneness of all humanity in love and justice. It is because of my belief that I want to join in the revolution, please allow me to do so. Thank you.
Reply by the LRP
Thanks for your email expressing your desire to join our organization. We are glad that you raised the question of your belief in God because it is important that we discuss this question frankly and thoroughly. As you probably know, we are atheists and materialists. The fact that you recognize that religion in general supports the ruling classes is important.
First, I would like to explain why we do not in general accept people who believe in God. Then I would like to give you a few of arguments against belief in God…. I hope that they give you reason to re-examine your belief in God.
A fundamental tenet of our organization is our conception of consciousness, and specifically class-consciousness. We believe revolutionary proletarian consciousness is a product of the class struggle itself. While others may adhere to and even formulate revolutionary principles, the spirit and letter of such are themselves owed to the struggle of the working masses. And for the masses of workers who will join the class vanguard, it will be more directly through their own experiences in deep class struggles. This commitment is indeed a moral one, but morals as framed and determined by class interests.
It is important to see revolutionary politics in this way, and important to see our organization as an institution of the working class itself. Part of our political clashes with other left organizations involves their notion of revolutionary politics as coming from outside the working class, in their case not from God but from the radical bourgeois intelligentsia. This both reflects and reinforces a manipulative attitude towards the working class. It tells workers to look to other sources (intellectuals, God, etc.) for their fundamental strength, as opposed to their own objective power. It is counter posed to the necessary development of revolutionary consciousness.
This whole matter has added importance given the state of the class struggle and our organization. We are a small, propaganda organization with an enormous task of cohering the vanguard of the working class. This requires a coherent, disciplined manner of intervention in the class struggle, which in order to be effective and democratic involves a tight set of shared values and political perspectives by the membership. (At a different stage of struggle and organization, when masses of workers are moving into revolutionary motion, such recruitment standards regarding religious beliefs may be relaxed, but even then the program of the party itself will remain militantly atheist.)
Of course we don’t demand that people agree with us on every point in order to work together. We realize that there are many levels of consciousness, and people have to go through all kinds of stages. So for now it would not be appropriate for the most part for people who believe in God to join our organization. This is especially true in a case such as yours, in that you feel that your belief in God is in fact at the core of your reasons for wanting to fight for the revolution.
Now I would like to present some basic concepts for you to consider regarding the concept of God.
Let’s start first with your statements that “No person who is against true, permanent, proletariat socialist revolution is a true follower of God” and that “God desires the oneness of all humanity in love and justice.” These statements are about your own personal conception of the nature of God. What is the origin of this conception—for you? Even if it seemed to come to you through some revelation from God himself (herself?), the basic content really comes from your experiences in the world, especially in terms of your social experiences and your reactions and interactions that have brought you to want to fight against class exploitation.
The content of any conception of God, if it is to have any particular meaning besides the very abstract “infinite” or “all-powerful” or “all-knowing,” has to come from the believer’s own experience in the world. For example, the believer may think that if God is infinite, then God must be perfect. If God is perfect, then God is “good.” If God is good, then God must support what I know to be good and oppose what I know to be evil. But what I know to be good and what I know to be evil come from my experience, not from revelation from God. So the believer projects into the conception of God all kinds of attitudes which in fact were originally generated within the believer himself.
Similarly and more abstractly, God as supreme consciousness is a projection of human consciousness. The human mind seeks to understand and explain the world. Prior to any scientific development, various creation myths provided an explanation for how the world began through various kinds of metaphors, projections arising from very basic experience into areas that cannot otherwise be conceived by the human brain. In some cases creation is thought of as giving birth. In other cases the metaphor is taken from the very human operation of making tools. God made the world the way people make tools, etc.
The particular conception of God necessarily flows from the real conditions of society. Often God is conceived as a “father”—sometimes as a “mother.” If one’s model for family life is based on having a tolerant, loving, nurturing parent whose main goal is to prepare the child to be a loving, nurturing parent in the future, God as father or mother is seen in analogous terms. If one’s model for the family is based on a strict parent, who must prepare the child through discipline to follow strict rules, then God is seen as demanding strict obedience to divinely given laws and as being punitive towards law-breakers. Again the conception flows from social reality; the social reality does not flow from God’s nature.
OK, let’s take a different tack. One of the most common arguments as to why there “must” be a God is that the nature of the universe requires a creator as an “explanation.” For example, the fact that there is predictable causation in the universe is said to require a “first cause.” If you have read some of the classics in Western philosophy, you may already know David Hume’s famous refutation of this type of argument. This kind of “explanation” doesn’t really explain anything. Causation is “explained” by kicking it upstairs to a new mystery. There can be no explanation for the “first cause.” Theologians love to say that science cannot explain how the universe began, or why the universe exists in the first place.
This is true. Science cannot provide this kind of explanation. But neither can theology! Theology’s attempts to explain such questions always beg the question, “explaining” a mystery by creating a new one.
Another argument commonly used to support the idea of God and to oppose materialism is the idea that consciousness as experienced by us cannot be explained by examining purely material processes. Another great philosopher in the Western tradition, René Descartes, argued that no matter how sophisticated a machine might be, it could never have a mind as we know it. He concluded that the mind must be composed of a “substance” completely different from matter (physical “substance”). This led him to the dead-end of “dualism”: that we are composed of two totally different kinds of “substances”: one mental or spiritual and the other physical.
The reason this is a dead-end is that if these two substances are alien to each other there is no way to explain their interaction. At bottom Descartes was forced to say that the interaction between the mental substance (the “soul”) and the physical substance (the “body”) occurs through the activity of God. So the view that consciousness cannot be explained through examining physical, material processes led to another example of an “explanation” that doesn’t really explain anything. It simply presents the mystery in new clothes.
Some theologians would say, yes, these spiritual concepts don’t really explain anything, in the way science seeks to explain, but these theologians say that these spiritual ideas provide a place for the “essential mystery” that they claim is at the “core of reality.” Our response would be that it is certainly true that there are still many problems of nature, including human nature, that science doesn’t yet explain. It doesn’t even try to explain “why” the universe exists. (Most contemporary philosophers say that questions like “why does anything exist” are “meaningless” questions, in that any possible answer cannot be tested through experience.)
But many of the questions that people have long thought to be unanswerable have been answered by science. For example, many of the objections raised historically to the theory of evolution have been answered through new evidence. In the field of consciousness and cognition, research done in the last twenty years by neurologists and cognitive scientists have made great advances in exploring the human mind.
So science may not be able to explain everything, but then again in any particular aspect of nature we have no reason to draw a line and say that science cannot advance beyond this point. The idea that there is a value to maintaining a zone of mystery beyond which the human mind should not go is quite reactionary and can only help those whose interests lie in opposing scientific and technological progress, i.e., the most reactionary elements in the ruling classes.
Finally you might ask, even if one cannot embrace the concept of God, how does one know that there is no God? Why atheism, as opposed to “agnosticism,” the view that there may by a “God” but we have no way to know one way or the other, or to know the nature of God. Friedrich Engels characterized agnosticism as “shamefaced atheism.” In other words, where religious thinking is socially dominant, agnosticism is socially more acceptable.
The problem with agnosticism is that once the concept of God is exposed as being a morass of confusion, there is no reason to pose the possibility of its existence. “Something” (labeled “God”) may exist. What does that mean? For a proposition to be “true,” then it has to have meaning. A proposition that could be true but which can never be proved one way or the other has no practical meaning.
Your beliefs are in fact quite similar to my own process of religious thought. I was raised in a fundamentally Protestant household. Over time, I began shedding many of the cornerstones of this faith. But at about your age and in similar circumstances, I still held to an abstract concept of God, while attempting to reconcile this with the basics of Marxism I was beginning to adhere to. I was in effect creating my own religion. I came to this insight at the point that I dropped my religious beliefs.
I hope that these considerations are useful to you…. You say your “belief in God has nothing to do with religion any more,” so I gather that you were formerly religious in the conventional sense…. In any case, we can continue to discuss these questions, and even if you should find that you cannot abandon your belief in God, there is no reason why we cannot work together towards common political goals. I hope you understand, given the nature of our organization and its tasks, why it would probably not work for you to join so long as you hold to the belief in God.
LRP stands for the League for the Revolutionary Party
Communist Organization for the Fourth International
Author documents the bitter fruit of atheism
April 17, 2018
By Michael Ashcraft —
The next time an atheist accuses Christianity of being responsible for untold mass murder throughout history, point out to him that atheism in the 20th Century alone killed 200 million people.
“Godlessness kills,” says Barak Lurie in his new book Atheism Kills. “Godlessness has resulted in far more mayhem and murders than all Judeo-Christian religion institutions combined. There is no comparison. Virtually every culture that has rejected God has collapsed or engaged in horrific mayhem. By contrast, virtually all cultures grounded on the Judeo-Christian tradition have flourished.”
Atheistic governments, seeking to impose their vision of utopia, feel compelled to eliminate any and all opposition, according to research from Atheism Kills:
The French Revolution: up to 40,000 deaths.
Stalin: 20 million deaths.
Mao Tse-tung: up to 70 million deaths.
Fidel Castro: up to 141,000 deaths.
Ho Chi Minh: up to 100,000 deaths.
Pol Pot: 2 million deaths.
Kim Il-sung: 1.5 million deaths.
Hitler: 11 million deaths.
The list goes on. “Being an atheist dictator advancing atheist doctrine has always led to brutality and killings,” Lurie observes.
By comparison, what is the tally of the bloodbath supposedly orchestrated by Christianity?
The Spanish Inquisition: up to 5,000 killed.
The Crusades: 1 million killed.
The Salem Witch Trials: 19 killed.
The Ku Klux Klan: 3,446 killed.
Religious wars post Reformation: 11 million.
“Atheism killed hundreds of millions in the span of only 30 years,” Lurie writes. “The number of killings on (the alleged) behalf of Christianity (are) minor in comparison and ranged over approximately 800 years.”
Lurie decided to become an atheist at age 11 when he stumbled across the clever arguments wielded by atheists. Then he went to college and rediscovered God through philosophy classes.
Fyodor Dostoevsky was instrumental to his floundering faith in atheism. The Russian novelist explored the consequences of atheism — the resulting absence of all morals — in Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov.
“It was he who first made me see the dangerous world of my own atheism,” Lurie writes. “His books show the consequences of living according to dangerous beliefs.”
Lurie graduated with honors from Stanford University before earning a law degree from UCLA and a master’s in business administration from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business in 1989. He now is a managing partner of Lurie & Seltzer, a law firm in Los Angeles.
He finished Atheism Kills in 2017.
Killing under Mao
“Atheism Kills is a robust, relentlessly interesting and intellectually invigorating read,” says Dennis Prager in the foreward.
The book does more than just compare death census data. It also shows how atheism spawns bigger government, progressivism and eugenics (and its modern version: abortion).
The book exposes the flaws of atheism: Its moral relativity breeds evil. It deprives man of purpose and significance. It stymies arts and science. It has given no charitable organization to the world. It teaches man only to live for his own pleasure and not to risk one’s life to save another.
Killing under Stalin
The author profiles one notorious incident, when Marc Lepine systematically shot and stabbed 14 women to death and injured 10 others at the University of Montreal in 1989. A misogynist, Levine released all the men from the engineering class — and they did nothing to try to stop him. The author maintains this cowardly posture is a natural outcome of atheism, Lurie says.
By contrast, U.S. Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, captured during the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, rallied his fellow Americans to support the Jews in his company. When the concentration camp ordered all the Jews to report for killing the next morning, Edmonds, a committed Christian, organized the entire group of POWs to “fall out” the next morning.
The Nazi commander was bewildered: “They cannot all be Jews,” the camp leader barked.
Recovered from the “killing fields” of Cambodia.
“We are all Jews here,” Edmonds responded. “If you are going to shoot, you are going to have to shoot all of us because we know who you are and you’ll be tried for war crimes when we win this war.”
The commander relented, and Edmonds saved 200 Jewish American soldiers.
This is what a belief in God leads to: convictions about what is evil and what is worth dying for, according to Lurie.
Atheism Kills also takes aim at the absurd passivity of progressive governments when faced with radical Islam.
These liberal and atheistic — or atheistic-leaning — governments are in fact empowering today’s “greatest threat to civilization.”
Lurie sees in Western Civilization a slow degeneration much like the fall of Rome.
But he sees hope. Atheism must be attacked so that faith in God and the restoration of values can rescue America — and Europe.
“Without God there can never be any universal interpretation of what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is evil,” Lurie writes. “In a world where the human reigns supreme, you can expect only two outcomes: a world descending evermore into chaos or a world without liberty.”
Michael Ashcraft teaches journalism at the Lighthouse Christian Academy of Santa Monica.