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  •  I dunno ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... while they're certainly not representative of the actions of atheists in general, I think they merit being counted in the same way that the Inquisition merits being counted as an example of Christian persecution of others.

    •  You should check out Constantine's Sword (0+ / 0-)

      It's a great book that examines how anti-Semitism is baked into the ancient Church, written by a priest.  The later and current liberalism and repudiation of anti-Semitism is a modern thing, and less representative of the bulk of Christianity's history.

      I don't think atheism has that history of prosecuting others outside of a Communist context.

      "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class." - Violet Crawley

      by nightsweat on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 12:25:48 PM PDT

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      •  I don't think atheism has that long a history (1+ / 0-)
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        or that kind of a core organization.

        And outside of Communist countries, I can't think of any historical context where there's been an atheist regime in a position to persecute others.

        Again, this is not to say I think those cases can justly be considered representative of atheists or of atheism; only to say that I don't believe they can justly be completely dismissed as counterexamples either.

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        ... having been taught Jewish history throughout grade school and high school, believe me, I'm aware of how entrenched and systemic anti-Semitism was in the ancient Church.

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