Atheism is often attacked by religious people by deliberately associating it with the regimes of Hitler and Stalin, and it is often claimed that they were atheists.


Hitler and Stalin the Products of Christianity not Atheism



Hitler and Stalin

Hitler and Germany


Religion and War

'Great Men' of Religion

Religion as a tailor-made bedfellow of political tyrannies


Whenever the holocaust and Stalinism are brought up to illustrate the fallacy that 'atheism caused the killing spree of the 20th century', as well as the denial of the role of religion in priming people to follow and worship charismatic leaders, 'saviours of his chosen people.' and accept authoritarianism without dissent and the collusion of the religions with oppressive regimes, they always choose not to mention the first world war - in which many more were killed in a tiff between the divine monarchies of Europe


                         Political Dictators - Hitler and Stalin

1) The prime motivation for both Hitler and Stalin and their regimes, was political, nationalist, and totalitarian, neither were promoting atheism per se.


2) Part of their early conditioning by religion would have included the belief that the 'wicked Jews' were responsible for the crucifixion of their idol Jesus.


3) It is reasonable to suppose that the effects of religion in their upbringing contributed, along with their innate personalities, and the times and institutions in which they operated to create the monstrous regimes they created.


4) As one writer observed :- "Religious Education is supposed to ensure that children grow up to be good - but it would take a lot of good people to compensate for  the estimated 50-75 million people killed by Hitler & Stalin, both of whom were taught by the Christian religion."


5) The compliance of those who eagerly promoted and ran these regimes, those who turned a blind eye or defended them, and those who just accepted them, as their lot were all products of their societies, heavily influenced by religion over centuries. These influences would have shaped their attitudes and behaviour which in turn would have influenced their reaction to these powerful 'father' figures. People drilled in accepting, believing, in faith, and unthinking obedience to an all powerful 'god' figure is all part of the same picture.


To associate atheism and freethought with such activity is as absurd as it is untrue.


Both were the products of Christian Education

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Hitler with Cardinal

_____________________                _Hitler


1. One of the first actions of the Third Reich was to close down possible sources of opposition such as Trade Unions, and the halls of Organised Atheism.

2. Hitler was brought up as a Catholic, trained in a seminary during his youth, make of this what you may.

3. An important Nazi slogan was 'Kinder, Kirche, Kueche' ( Children, Church, Kitchen).


4. The fascists promoted the Christian ethos as a promotion of their narrow view of family life sex being for the procreation of the Aryan race, church going and anti-Semitism encouraged.

5) "Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith . . . we need believing people."
[Adolph Hitler, April 26, 1933, from a speech made during negotiations leading to the Nazi-Vatican Concordant of 1933]

6) Nazis awarded the Iron Cross for bravery.


7) The belt-buckle that German soldiers wore said 'Gott mit uns' (God with us).


8) The record of the Catholic church and its attitude to, and action in relation to the Third Reich is murky to say the least! As was the response of Catholics and the Catholic church in other European countries, including France, and may perhaps explain the otherwise inexplicable collaboration from so many of their populations.


9) The following quotation from "Mien Kampf", Vol.1, Chapter 10, echos the rhetoric of the 'cultural warfare' of today's US Religious Right:-


"Parallel to the training of the body a struggle against the poisoning of the soul must begin. Our whole public life today is like a hothouse for sexual ideas and simulations. Just look at the bill of fare served up in our movies, vaudeville and theatres, and you will hardly be able to deny that this is not the right kind of food, particularly for the youth...Theatre, art, literature, cinema, press, posters, and window displays must be cleansed of all manifestations of our rotting world and placed in the service of a moral, political, and cultural idea."

[Adolph Hitler,]


Many More Quotations from Mein Kampf
The Lutheran Church in the Rise of Nazism
The Nuremberg Deception
Hitler's Religion
Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust

German Church Tax a relic of Hitler's concordat

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Stalin Rally



Stalin was brought up as in the Orthodox Christian church, according to many, in a harsh and abusive household and there is some evidence that he was abused by priests, while he served as an altar boy.

The history of Russia prior to the communist revolution, was one of autocratic Tsarist rule, feudalism, mass destitution and regular famines, and associated with this, the role of the Russian Orthodox Church  keeping the population subservient. Religion was seen as an aid to the suppression of the poor as it is in other parts of the world where there is mass poverty today.  Placating people by giving them the promise of a wonderful afterlife if they behave is part of religions hold over superstitious people! -  a boon to any ruling elite.

"The rich man in his castle, the poor man at the gate"

"The meek shall inherit the earth" etc.

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__________________________Religion and War



Religionists answer the secularists charge that religion has caused many wars, by saying that these regimes killed far more people than other wars.


1. The Crusaders and Conquistadors would have killed vastly more people had they had 20th century weapons and technology.


2. More people were killed in WW1 than WW2, and in the former in particular all the participants claimed to have god on their side . Most armies even those in secular states employ chaplains and it is assumed that God supports their motives and actions. It would seem that God is always on everybody's side!


3. The biggest killer of all time is disease. God caused!?


4. In addition to 'western' military campaigns, there have been millions killed in every continent, in tribal wars almost all of which have sole or significant religious/superstitious elements.


5. In the pursuit of spreading their religions and preserving their relationships with their state sponsors, throughout the ages, war, violence, intimidation, oppression, genocide, and the separation of children from their families, has been the order of the day.


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Wilberforce'Great' Men of Religion


There are many other individuals who have campaigned for human rights against political oppression. Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Huddlestone. However, the fact that their religions had played a large part in the building and sustaining of those regimes seems to have escaped the notice of those who want to cite these individuals as representative of their religions : Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians in India : The Dutch Reform Church and other missionary sects in Africa.: Baptists, Mormons, and many other members of the Christian Right in the US : Zionists, Christian sects and a multitude of cults, all play their part in fomenting and sustaining conflict as they have done throughout history.

It is also interesting to realise how few such individuals out of the hundreds of millions of religious believers, and thousands of religious sects and cults - and their leaders, priests and advocates.

Where are today's churches who hold such sway in Latin America, The Middle East, and Africa? Mobilising their millions of followers against oppression and co-ordinating peace efforts? No they are promoting their religions and fighting each other, colluding with oppressive regimes and political cabals to keep the status quo, and their own place in the scheme of things. No doubt there are individual priests and other activists who are also religious battling away at the margins, but their institutions are not.

This is not to demean the efforts of individuals, and their importance in their liberation movements. On the contrary, they were certainly people who campaigned for justice and human rights, individuals who rose from within the ranks of oppressed peoples who's only means of organisation was the very churches that had colluded with their oppressors, but to take this as representative of religion is to demean them as human beings in their own right.

More information with many quotations by Hitler and his Party

Wilberforce William Wilberforce  - rich white aristocratic  MP who is given the credit for abolishing slavery - over those who supported the great struggle against the white, 


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