I wouldn’t have believed that even somebody as wacko as Catholic League president Bill Donohue would do this if I hadn’t seen it myself. The Catholic League has just posted a demand that atheists apologize for Hitler. And not just for Hitler:
The pope cited Hitler today, asking everyone to “reflect on the sobering lessons of atheist extremism of the 20th century.” Immediately, the British Humanist Association got its back up, accusing the pope of “a terrible libel against those who do not believe in God.”
The pope did not go far enough. Radical atheists like the British Humanist Association should apologize for Hitler. But they should not stop there. They also need to issue an apology for the 67 million innocent men, women and children murdered under Stalin, and the 77 million innocent Chinese killed by Mao. Hitler, Stalin and Mao were all driven by a radical atheism, a militant and fundamentally dogmatic brand of secular extremism. It was this anti-religious impulse that allowed them to become mass murderers. By contrast, a grand total of 1,394 were killed during the 250 years of the Inquisition, most all of whom were murdered by secular authorities.
Why should atheists today apologize for the crimes of others? At one level, it makes no sense: apologies should only be given by the guilty. But on the other hand, since the fanatically anti-Catholic secularists in Britain, and elsewhere, demand that the pope—who is entirely innocent of any misconduct—apologize for the sins of others, let the atheists take some of their own medicine and start apologizing for all the crimes committed in their name. It might prove alembic.
(Alembic? That’s a still used by alchemists, not, as far as I know, an adjective.) I’m not going to explain how the murderous agenda of people like Hitler wasn’t driven by atheism; that’s been noted by many others (see the list of Hitler’s religious statements that P.Z. Myers put up today). Nor will I discuss how Nazi oppression was largely directed at a religious minority. I just want to note that this kind of demonization of atheists and gross stupidity is promulgated by a mainstream religious organization. Ratzi, Donohue and all their minions are slowly starting to realize that Catholicism is just not on in the modern world, and, like a cornered cat, they lash out with Hitler analogies.
h/t: Miranda Hale