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Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge, Chapter The Ninth

The shocking intolerance of alleged radicals to religious belief is the path to the KZ Camps, the Gulag and Pol Pot's Year Zero

“Religion has been the cause of more wars ...” is a refrain that you will hear in most countries in Western Europe and in general historical terms it is probably true. However, in the 20th Century, the regimes that prosecuted by the far the worst, indeed inhuman and bestial, atrocities were atheist regimes.

The ideology of the Nazi governments in Greater Germany and Central Europe not only despised Jews but also the Roma and the "weedling" message of Christianity. They sought to build a new Reich on the basis of a mythical Germanic Blood and Honour narrative. The Stalinist Russian regime, meanwhile, that ran the show trials, gulags and concentration camps, in “Soviet” Russia was of course based on an anti religious philosophy that in Stalin’s time saw many religious leaders executed and the building of new churches banned. More recently the Pol Pot regime in Kampuchea killed and starved millions of people (many of them buried alive) in the name of an atheist state that was to be purged of religious and bourgeois elements and history begun again from Year Zero. The Chinese government now accepts that Mao’s atheist cultural purges were a similar “mistake”.
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