The urge to silence criticism of religion to avoid causing offence is often well-intentioned. Muslims living in Britain increasingly find themselves on the receiving end of hatred and abuse. Any decent person would want to alleviate that. But existing laws that protect us all from discrimination, harassment and violence apply equally to Muslims. The rights of all British Muslims to live their lives in peace absolutely need to be upheld and protected – but not at the expense of the right to freely express views and opinions.
Atheism may be increasing in the Middle East due to religion-related traumas of oneself or friend/family, desire for freedom, better education, and better access to information on the history of religions.
Nazism is popularly thought of as an ideology underpinned by atheism, but a closer look at Hitler’s speeches and writings show a somewhat ambiguous outlook on religion. Although few historians claim that Hitler was a Christian, there’s no unanimous consensus regarding his exact religious beliefs, or lack thereof.
In the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, a flurry of articles have explored whether images of the Prophet Muhammad are "banned" in Islam. While some Muslim voices are adamant that this is strictly the case in Islamic law, others (both Muslim and non-Muslim) have cautioned that it is not so.
Most of you have most likely heard the recent public declarations coming from all quarters that Islam is a peaceful religion. From President Bush, to most religious leaders, to the average American calling in to a talk radio program, we are hearing that Islam is a peaceful religion. It is said that Osama bin Laden and the Taliban represent an extremely radical Muslim fringe that is not really a representative interpretation of true Islam. It may be that such an assessment is, to a small degree, more extreme than historic Islam. However, it is certainly not true that Islam is in any way a peaceful religion, especially toward outsiders.
Atheists also reject the Bible because it approves of outrageous cruelty and injustice. In civilized legal systems, a fundamental principle is that the suffering of the innocent is the essence of injustice. Yet the Bible teaches that God repeatedly violated this moral precept by harming innocent people.
The Bible is an unreliable authority because it contains numerous contradictions. Logically, if two statements are contradictory, at least one of them is false. The biblical contradictions, therefore, demonstrate beyond doubt the book has many false statements and is not infallible.
Atheists reject the claim that the Bible is the word of God. They are convinced the book was written solely by humans in an ignorant, superstitious, and cruel age. They believe that because the writers of the Bible lived in an unenlightened era, the book contains many errors and harmful teachings.
I understand what the question is implying, however, WWII was not a war of religion. Americans quite often dwell on the fact that six million Jews were killed during WWII, while Adolph Hitler slaughtered among others, seven million Soviet Russians…
It is difficult, if not wrong, to sit in front of the computer and estimate the reasons for mass human behavior. The way to answer your question is to perform scientific studies. For that reason, take what I am saying with a grain of salt, and be reminded that they are based on my subjective experiences.