A common version of this argument is: "Hitler was an Atheist, Stalin was an Atheist, and they killed millions of people!"
Sometime Pol Pot or other actors are brought into the argument as well.
This argument is referred to as "The Atheist Atrocities Fallacy", and this fallacy is all to common. It is ignorant and naive.
Atheism, "the lack of belief in a god or gods", is only that and nothing more: A stance on the question of belief in a god.
It is in neither a religious or a political doctrine.
Hitler was by no means a confirmed atheist. Some say he was, some say he wasn't.
But for the sake of argument, assuming that he was an atheist: Does anyone really claim to believe that Hitler was motivated to kill Jews and start a World War because of 'lack of faith in a god or gods'?
Or does anyone think Stalin killed all those people because 'the lack of proof for god caused him to become unconvinced of gods existence'?
Does anyone think that people ever have been killed in the honour of 'no god at all'?
To me, this alone is enough to put an end to that argument. If they believed in a god or not is irrelevant.
For those of you who still has the need to pursue the argumentation, here is some interesting information on the subject.
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