A very short, visual post to illustrate an important point.
Often I hear the argument made by theists that somehow atheism is responsible for the Communist and Nazi slaughters of the 20th century. Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot, and Stalin are all used as examples of what supposedly happens when atheism takes over.
But this image here of followers of communist thug Kim Jong Il demonstrates what I have said all along: Dictatorships with charismatic leaders are state religions, or cults. Not atheism. Many people in the DPRK are starving, yet these celebrants (likely party elites) hold their candles high. Who else but god or a demigod could inspire that kind of kind of masochistic loyalty, while a nation is suffering under such brutal rule?
What’s the difference between a god and a petty tyrant? You can see the tyrant.