Atheistic arrogance misplaced (letter)by Peter Kavanagh MPNews Weekly
, April 3, 2010
Contrary to common presumptions, demands for anti-religious governments by atheists are nothing new. Such movements resulted in places like Auschwitz, and in the murders of a hundred million or more people in communist societies across Eurasia in the 20th century - from the gulags of the Soviet Union to famine and extermination campaigns in China and the killing fields of Cambodia.
Among the ideological underpinnings for these massive atheistic slaughters was surely the belief that human beings are not creations of God.
Extremely dubious and often plainly wrong assumptions of intellectual superiority by atheists are not restricted to Melbourne's recent "Atheist Conference".
I have found that very few atheists have even considered why, if religious convictions of others must have no influence on government policy, their own political conclusions (based on anti-religious beliefs) should not also be "separated from the state".Peter Kavanagh,
Democratic Labor Party (DLP) MLC for Western Victoria,