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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook

jwilliams Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 7:40 PM
"Also? Atheist regimes killed more people, in peacetime, in 72 years, than all religions combined killed EVEN COUNTING THEIR WARS, in 6000 YEARS. By a factor of about 10." I've made this point a few times in this discussion, no harm in saying it one more time: the secular fanatics and tyrants of the 20th century had better weapons and a larger population to ravage than the religious fanatics and tyrants of earlier centuries. I don't see how that makes one kind better or worse than the other.
Last week the New York Times published an opinion piece that offered atheism's response to the evil/tragedy in which 20 children and six adults were murdered at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut.

What prompted Susan Jacoby to write her piece was a colleague telling her that atheism "has nothing to offer when people are suffering."

She wrote the piece, "The Blessings of Atheism" ("It is Here and It is Now!" screams the subhead) to prove her colleague wrong by offering a consoling atheist alternative to religion's consoling belief in an afterlife. Atheists cannot believe that there is any...

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