There is one item though that I would like to address and that’s the line often used by the hyper-religious and duly repeated by BO’R regarding the worst butchers of the 20th century (Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot) being atheists. Dawkins started to address the issue by noting that Hitler was Christian but this line was squashed in short order. Certainly one could go on about Hitler’s use of symbols and his own statements in support of this position, but that misses the point as much as BO’R did. It doesn’t really matter if those guys were atheists or deists or Christians or whatever. The salient characteristic of those regimes is that they were totalitarian structures that demanded fealty from the masses; that exhorted people to work solely for the good of the regime; and that would do all thinking for them. In short, the job of the citizenry was to obey blindly the unquestionable authority above all else. To me, that sounds an awful lot like the practical outcome of a theocracy. The fundamental difference is that the totalitarian regime places its leader as “god” (untouchable figurehead) instead of relying on a more abstract (and perhaps more fanciful) notion involving persons long dead.
Atheism? You might as well base your argument on the fact that those four men all had dark hair.