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← The spectre of militant secularism

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Comment 17 by jameshogg :

Sorry, I really have to point this out.

There is no such thing as "militant secularism" or, in other words, the so-called secularism that Mao and Stalin imposed. And the best way to prove so is the following.

I mostly agree with that but I would like to point out that that argument is not different from what a Christian or Muslim would say when we talk about all the harm that religion has done. I've heard this argument from Christians many times in person and on blogs: "you can't blame Christianity for the Inquisition because the people that ran the Inquisition weren't really Christians. Christianity is about love." or from Muslims "You can't blame Islam for 9/11 because terrorists aren't really Muslims, they abuse Islam for their own selfish purpose but in reality Islam forbids killing innocents"

If we let Atheists/Secularists off the hook for the crimes of Mao and Stalin then if we are going to be consistent we would let Christians off for the crimes of the Inquisition.

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 17:04:53 UTC | #928668