Whenever it's pointed out that Christianity is responsible for many atrocities throughout history, Christians respond by bringing up Stalin and Mao, as if that proves anything. The problem with these examples is that atheism for Stalin and other communist tyrants was incidental to their political beliefs, such as communist utopia through proletarian revolution, rather than an integral part. Another problem is communism itself is a religion, with its own rituals, holy books, holy days, creeds and prophets. So when these dictators were out murdering their own citizens they were actually acting under the influence of these quasi-religious beliefs, the exact opposite of the skeptical mindset. In reality, the communist is no different from your typical Christian.
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