Atheistic or religious regimes … who has the highest death toll?

"Hitler also believed in "Do not murder." But it was his law that had been legislated, and it was therefore he who determined to whom it applied and to whom it did not. Indeed, Hitchens overlooks that the world's foremost genocides have all been committed by secular, atheistic regimes that maintained the right to determine which lives were worth preserving, and which worth discarding.

Hitler murdered at least 12 million. Stalin, another 30 million. Mao, perhaps 40 million. And Pol Pot killed one third of all Cambodians in the mid 1970s. The number of people killed by the secular atheist regimes of the 20th century dwarfs by far those killed in the name of religion since the beginning of recorded history."

I think this is a good point to counter the inevitable surge of pop-intellectual atheistic arguments that are sure to follow the series of books propounding atheism and evolutionary theory that have topped the best seller lists as of late. I sourced this from Kripamoya Prabhu's blog where he cites a recent debate between Rabbi Shmuley Boteach from Oxford and Christopher Hitchens who published his rancorous attack against religion, God Is Not Great, currently the number-one selling book in America.

Sometimes Krishna lets it look like the demons (psychopaths) have the advantage. This is just so its all the more relishable when the devotee sinks the boot – and, of course, Krishna likes to give all credit to the devotee and vice-versa.

Do the innocent really know the cultural implications of what they are embracing in the so-called 'evolutionary based moral framework' where right is distinguished from wrong based on what is good for the survival of the species? Just listen to the rabbi wield his divinely inspired intellect in this modern day battle between good and evil:

"According to Sir Arthur Keith, Britain's leading evolutionary scientist of the mid-20th century, Hitler's ideas of a master race were the direct product of evolutionary thinking. Keith wrote:

"To see evolutionary measures and tribal morality being applied vigorously to the affairs of a great modern nation, we must turn again to Germany of 1942. We see Hitler devoutly convinced that evolution produced the only real basis for a national policy… The means he adopted to secure the destiny of his race and people were organized slaughter… The German Fuhrer, as I have consistently maintained, is an evolutionist; he has consciously sought to make the practice of Germany conform to the theory of evolution… war is the necessary outcome of Darwin's theory."

Thomas Huxley, the man most responsible for the widespread acceptance of evolution, remarked, "No rational man, cognizant of the facts, believes that the average Negro is the equal, still less the superior, of the white man." In fact, after evolutionary theory was posited in 1859, questions of whether blacks were even of the same species as whites changed to questions of whether or not Africans could survive competition against Europeans.

The momentous answer was a resounding no. The African was the inferior because he represented the "missing link" between ape and man, according to the evolutionists."

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We should be enjoying this sort of fight ourselves. All we have to do is tell it like it is. The faithful leaders of other religious movements are fighting the battle now with far less adequate weaponry than Srila Prabhupada gave us.

The fact is that the Supreme Lord is present everywhere and within everyone so we just need to give people the opportunity to come in contact with the realistic teachings that Krishna gives us. That's our job description as servants of the parampara. The less adulterated our attempts are to do this then the more instrumental we actually are in Krishna's hand.

Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 11.33:

tasmāt tvam uttiṣṭha yaśo labhasva
jitvā
śatrūn bhuńkṣva rājyaḿ samṛddham
mayaivaite nihatāḥ pūrvam eva
nimitta
mātraḿ bhava savyasācin

TRANSLATION

Therefore get up. Prepare to fight and win glory. Conquer your enemies and enjoy a flourishing kingdom. They are already put to death by My arrangement, and you, O Savyasācī, can be but an instrument in the fight.

PURPORT by His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Savyasācin refers to one who can shoot arrows very expertly in the field; thus Arjuna is addressed as an expert warrior capable of delivering arrows to kill his enemies. "Just become an instrument": nimittamātram. This word is also very significant. The whole world is moving according to the plan of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Foolish persons who do not have sufficient knowledge think that nature is moving without a plan and all manifestations are but accidental formations. There are many so-called scientists who suggest that perhaps it was like this, or maybe like that, but there is no question of "perhaps" and "maybe." There is a specific plan being carried out in this material world. What is this plan? This cosmic manifestation is a chance for the conditioned souls to go back to Godhead, back to home. (read more)

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So the outlook of the devotee and the psychopath are distinct in that the devotee of God embraces a positive concept of eternal life and a deeply satisfying primordial relationship with a Perfect Person. The evolutionary atheist refuses such optimism in favor of a mechanistic existential summation of themselves and all other forms of life. In this way they can justify genocide, patricide, homicide, environmental exploitation and practically every other social ill we face today as merely consequences of our inherent will to survive.

Moreover, they are fully ignorant that even the observable will to survive that is instinctive to every species of life is a result of our far more deeply rooted identification as an undying spiritual entity. Otherwise, why even bother with the concept of survival? What's it worth? Where did the basic notion of continuation of our life even come from? If we are just a lump of chemicals then why bother with the hassle of survival? Who put that instinct to survive there? How can composite helixes of DNA develop the desire to sustain themselves as a species? Where does this consciousness come from? Enough with the rhetorical questions – this is where the death-mongering atheistic so-called thinkers get stuck. They cannot answer this question without accepting that even the very perspective from which they posit their own dim theories exists beyond the scope of their sensory perception.

"A devotee feels the presence of God everywhere, yet a person averse to the Lord denies his existence anywhere."

– Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

By the way – I eagerly anticipate every article posted by stalwart Prabhupadanuga Kripamoya Prabhu. They are usually a bit lengthy but well worth the sacrifice of attention span – he's giving valuable association via this medium that we young bucks would be unfortunate not to take advantage of.

 


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