“The worst modern atrocities were perpetrated by secularist regimes, led by secularist intellectuals, and in the name of secularist beliefs.”
Old myths die slowly.
Such is the case with the notion that religion is the primary cause of violence and oppression. Atheistic like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris are well-known for promoting this myth.
After 9/11, a British reporter echoed the myth stating that, “The real axis of evil is Judaism, Christianity and Islam.” In A Devil’s Chaplin, Dawkins wrote,
“Only the willfully blind fail to implicate the divisive force of religion in most, if not all, of the violent enmities of the world today.”
The old myth gained momentum on September 11 when Islamic extremists inflicted terror in the name of Allah. But is religion to blame for the worst atrocities of history? The fact is that anti-religious tyranny has been the most frightening source of evil in the world.
In Unspeakable: Facing up to Evil in an Age of Genocide and Terror,” Os Guinness noted that,
“It is a widely held…
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