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Old 07-02-2012, 09:38 PM
Originally Posted by ilovemovies View Post
At least atheism has never used "god" and "religion" for reasons of bigotry and intolerance.

Not saying that atheists can't be assholes, but I've never seen an atheist who is as hateful as many "religious fanatics".

Just sayin'.
Just because you've never seen something doesn't automatically mean it didn't happen. The very few examples of state atheism has shown to be very violent.

Mexico under Plutarco Elķas Calles

The effects of the war on the Church were profound. Between 1926 and 1934 at least 40 priests were killed.[31] Where there were 4,500 priests serving the people before the rebellion, in 1934 there were only 334 priests licensed by the government to serve fifteen million people, the rest having been eliminated by emigration, expulsion, and assassination.[31][32] By 1935, 17 states had no priest at all.[33]
The Soviet Union

Within about a year of the revolution the state expropriated all church property, including the churches themselves, and in the period from 1922 to 1926, 28 Russian Orthodox bishops and more than 1,200 priests were killed (a much greater number was subjected to persecution).[50]
Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge

Religious people were killed in the killing fields, as the leader of the Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot, suppressed Cambodia's Buddhists: monks were defrocked; temples and artifacts, including statues of Buddha, were destroyed; and people praying or expressing other religious sentiments were often killed. The Christian and Muslim communities were among the most persecuted, as well. The Roman Catholic cathedral of Phnom Penh was razed. The Khmer Rouge forced Muslims to eat pork, which they regard as an abomination. Many of those who refused were killed. Christian clergy and Muslim imams were executed.
North Korea

Although the North Korean constitution states that freedom of religion is permitted,[71] free religious activities no longer exist in North Korea as the government sponsors religious groups only to create an illusion of religious freedom.[72][73] Cardinal Nicolas Cheong Jin-suk has said that, "There's no knowledge of priests surviving persecution that came in the late forties, when 166 priests and religious were killed or kidnapped." which includes the Roman Catholic bishop of Pyongyang, Francis Hong Yong-ho
People's Socialist Republic of Albania

The Agrarian Reform Law of August 1945 nationalized most property of religious institutions, including the estates of monasteries, orders, and dioceses. Many clergy and believers were tried, tortured, and executed. All foreign Roman Catholic priests, monks, and nuns were expelled in 1946.[37]

The clergy were publicly vilified and humiliated, their vestments taken and desecrated. More than 200 clerics of various faiths were imprisoned, others were forced to seek work in either industry or agriculture, and some were executed or starved to death. The cloister of the Franciscan order in Shkodėr was set on fire, which resulted in the death of four elderly monks.

Parents were afraid to pass on their faith, for fear that their children would tell others. Officials tried to entrap practicing Christians and Muslims during religious fasts, such as Lent and Ramadan, by distributing dairy products and other forbidden foods in school and at work, and then publicly denouncing those who refused the food, and clergy who conducted secret services were incarcerated.[37] Catholic priest Shtjefen Kurti had been executed for secretly baptizing a child in Shkodėr in 1972

Cuba began arresting many believers and shutting down religious schools, its prisons since the 1960s being filled with clergy. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Cuba has amended its statutes to declare itself a "secular state" rather than atheistic.

In 1961 The Cuban government confiscated the Catholic schools, including the Jesuit school Fidel Castro had attended. In 1965 it exiled two hundred priests.
And I've quoted the estimated staggering number of deaths in another thread.
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