The cruelty of atheism is hard to believe when man has no faith in the reward of good or the punishment of evil. There is no reason to be human. There is no restraint from the depths of evil which is in man. The Communist torturers often said, 'There is no God, no hereafter, no punishment for evil. We can do what we wish.' I have heard one torturer even say, 'I thank God, in whom I don't believe, that I have lived to this hour when I can express all the evil in my heart.' He expressed it in unbelievable brutality and torture inflected on prisoners.-Richard Wurmbrand "Tortured for Christ"I read Tortured for Christ around 1979. My dad and I were both Christians of the Evangelical or Fundamentalist variety. I remember the book vividly, and how it also increased my natural hatred of Communism (I was becoming increasingly conservative in my political outlook, even though I wasn't yet old enough to vote). What's important here (even if you are not a Christian, and I currently am not) is the plain fact that atheism allows people to commit the very worst evil and crimes against humanity, by the very nature of its belief that there are no ultimate consequences for our behavior here on earth.
The failure of atheists to take responsibility for their own history means they learn nothing from the ghastly events of the last century. No lessons learned means nothing stopping them from repeating the same mistakes (a.k.a., crimes against humanity) in the future. If an individual has a problem in his life (say alcoholism), he must first acknowledge that he has a problem before there can be any hope of overcoming it. The same thing applies to societies and nations. Germany's admission of guilt in the Second World War paved the way for that nation's reintegration into the Civilized World. The Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in South Africa enabled that country to rise above its apartheid past. The atheists' refusal to own up to crimes demonstrably committed by their fellow non-believers and (yes) in the name of their shared non-belief, guarantees that given the chance, they'd do The Same Damned Thing again. Repetitious insistence that "It wasn't us!" only deepens the denial. It's far worse than a drunk telling himself he can handle "one more drink" - this is a case of him denying he's even holding the bottle (which everyone can plainly see in his hand)!-B. Prokopsource: dangerous idea: Atheism had nothing to do with it? That's not what they said: Wurmbrand's Tormentors and atheism