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Most people like to trot out Stalin and other communist dictators.  But they aren't atheistic - they just wanted people to obey them without question and saw religion as a competing influence.
So how does that make Stalin not an Atheist?

It doesn't.  But many religious people like to claim that his actions were informed by his atheism without making any attempt to show the link (i.e., correlation without causation).  If one can't show the link, pointing out the correlation is meaningless.  Stalin also had a mustache and wore shoes, but that does not mean that we should regard any other mustachioed, shoe-clad men with suspicion.

But it doesn't really matter I said I wasn't going to hold you to anything bad an atheist has done through history.

Fair enough.
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bertatberts excellent points December 20, 2012, 11:02:07 AM