I’ve entered into a small debate with a commenter, on my friend Chuck Doswell’s blog, about whether religion should bear any responsibility for violence in its name. You can read Chuck’s blog post and comments here. During my brief exchange in the comments section, I was inspired to write the blog post, It’s All Out Of Love – Murder for God. For what it’s worth, the debate on Chuck’s blog was coming down to body counts. Much like any war, for any reason, it seems that arguing whose ideology is responsible for more death, is missing a very important point. It’s not a matter of how many have died. It’s a question of whether or not the killing is immoral.
Christians of all stripes consider atheism and atheists to be immoral. We’re not given a pass on morality on any level. Any debate over morality always seems to gravitate toward war, war crimes, mass murder, etc. And, as far as the christian’s position is concerned, the most famous atheists are Pol Pot, Stalin, and Hitler (who wasn’t an atheist). Pol Pot, Stalin, Hitler… Regardless of their justifications for their crimes against humanity, it will be agreed between christian and atheist alike, that these are morally corrupt regimes and that their killing is immoral. But, if you were to ask a christian if their god’s murders are morally corrupt… What do you think they’ll say?
As I pointed out in It’s All Out Of Love – Murder for God, god is responsible for 2,476,636 murders. In total, 3.4 billion to 24 trillion murders, potentially by the time all is said and done according to the bible. To avoid the numbers game, let’s just use the hard number of 2,476,636 . Is there any moral justification for god’s slaughter of 2,476,636 lives? If so, what is it? Is it possible that god is morally corrupt? What gives god any more right to slaughter people than Pol Pot, Stalin, or Hitler? Depending on who you ask (what flavor of christian) you’re bound to get enumerable answers. But, one thing will become blatantly obvious… There will be a moment of silence when you ask that question, and it will be deafening.
There’s a reason I ask these questions. And it boils all down to this… It is argued by apologists that christianity cannot bear responsibility for violence committed in its name. And yet, they are very quick to point out Pol Pot, Stalin, and Hitler as evidence for “atheistic” ideological evil, and use the number of dead as a measure of the immorality of the “atheist” ideology, AND, in DEFENSE of their supposed moral superiority. Apparently 2,476,636 is a morally superior number of murders?
Christianity, islam… murder by any other name is the truly morally corrupt kind. That’s what they want everyone to believe. It’s NOT murder if their god does it. It’s not really christian, or muslim if someone does it in the religion’s name. However, it IS murder if anyone else does it. In my book, it’s all murder. It’s murder for hire. Whether it’s done in the name of christianity, islam, or some other ideological bullshit, it’s still murder. And we shouldn’t be arguing body counts. We should be arguing responsibility. And that’s where I’m headed next.
I challenge christians to produce a unified, codified, atheist manifesto, doctrine, or directive, followed in any way, shape or form by atheists, as a collective system of non-belief, that orders the extermination of those who believe in deities, or commands or requires murder for any reason. I challenge christians to show me any murder ever committed in the name of atheism and for atheism’s sake. Go ahead… drag out Pol Pot and Stalin again! You cannot produce evidence to support that position. It doesn’t exist. However, I have mounds of evidence that explicitly indict your god, and your religion, for murders committed, whether by your god, or by a human being in your god’s name. Not only throughout history, but in the present day. And it doesn’t matter how many people were murdered by your god, or in your god’s name. Anyone who murders in the name of christianity or islam has been exposed to the obvious immorality of the writings of that religion, and therefore it can be strongly suggested that the murderers felt justified in committing those murders through proxy of those writings.
So, I will ask you this… Is your god morally corrupt for killing 2,476,636 people? If you say yes, your religion is morally corrupt. If you say no, your religion must bear responsibility for murder in its name by anyone who claims to be a christian.