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The arrest of Phillip Garrido, the man accused of kidnapping Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive in his backyard for 18 years while sexually abusing her, unveiled just how depraved mankind can be. It also unveils how insecure mankind can be, revealing its need to blame someone or something for its problems.

A recent USA Today article reports how Garrido was a fervently religious man who often shared his faith with his victims and even defended his criminal acts with his religious beliefs:

Molesters commonly turn to religion to rationalize their behavior, said Ken Lanning, a former FBI profiler who specializes in kidnapping and child abuse cases.
"A lot of them when they're molesting children put a lot of time and energy into trying to convince themselves that they're not bad people," Lanning said. "In some cases the element of religion will come into it, and they will use varying aspects of their religious belief to justify all of this."

That a criminal would use religion to defend his crimes is not surprising. That such a criminal would be used as an example of the "evils" of religion is also not surprising, as shown by the comments to this article:
Religion and a criminal perversion of religion. What's the difference?

Religion is a neurosis. The fact that is leads to other strange behavior is just par for the course. I blame religion for his sexual perversion. We need to keep a good eye on those people. HaHA! They are capable of anything!

Funny how there is NO evidence linking homosexuality to pedophilism, but there's PLENTY of evidence linking relgious conservative wackos to pedophilism!!!!

Religion is a perfect way out for people low morale fiber and integrity. All you have to do is say "I believe" and all your sins go away. To them it doesn't matter how many women they rape and torture... Jesus will forgive. The bible says so!

Man has always sought a scapegoat to blame as the source of all his problems, sources such as poverty, minority groups, guns, alcohol, drugs, music, movies, television, pornography, or video games. But for the atheist, the ultimate scapegoat is religion, or what Marx referred to as the "opiate of the people."

Atheists consider belief in God to be irrational and as such claim it leads to irrational behavior. They blame religion as the source of all our problems including war, bigotry, and hatred. Thus atheists—most notably "New Atheists" like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens—claim that the only solution is to abolish religion and faith in God.

While it is true that religion has been responsible for great evil, it has also been responsible for great good. Christianity is to blame for the Crusades, Inquisition, and Salem Witch Trials, but it's also to blame for the Salvation Army, Alcoholics Anonymous, Habitat for Humanity, and every other charity, hospital, orphanage, and soup kitchen founded by Christians. A religion that teaches love, forgiveness, and tolerance can better hold responsibility for the actions that follow such teachings rather than actions that run counter to such teachings.

And while evil has been done In the name of religion, evil has also been done in the name of abolishing religion. Men such as Robespierre, Garrido Canabal, and Stalin were some of the bloodiest figures in history, yet all three were anti-religious and tried to abolish religion in their countries. Thus evil will exist even without religion.

There is no one source for the problems and evil in the world. Man has always been capable of evil, and has always found a scapegoat to excuse his evil. Abolishing religion will not abolish evil, only an excuse for it. It will also abolish a way for man to cope with evil, thus leaving some with an empty void.

Evil itself can never be truly abolished; only dealt with. And evil can only be dealt with when men are held accountable for their evil deeds, something that can never be done if we allow men to seek a scapegoat or allow someone else to seek a scapegoat for them.
This editorial was posted on my blog about a year ago during the Jaycee Dugard case. To read it on my blog, click here.

The religious are to atheists (or rather, anti-theists) what the Jews were to the Germans—a convenient, simplistic scapegoat for all the world's problems.
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MetaKnight964 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Liberal atheists love to blame mankinds problems on religious conservatives. They should know conservatives (or conservative-minded) are the kind of people most likely to kill or maybe even torture a pedophile while liberals often sympathize with pedophiles (unless of course they think the pedophile is right-winged). Also My Dad is a conservative Christian and it depresses him that there are parents who let their children dance and dress inappropriately.
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curiousprintery Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Thanks for proving our point. You are aware that torturing or killing a pedophile doesn't solve any problems and that it makes more sense to provide help for those people before they abuse a child?
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MetaKnight964 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Many of them don't want help and don't even try to ask for it.
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curiousprintery Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
You seriously expect them to ask for help and reveal that they have those tendencies in an atmosphere where people like you advocate for torturing and killing them? Seriously? Again you are proving our point. I'm sorry, but often being conservative and clinging to primitive "solutions" that have proven to be ineffective and not improve anything must be abandoned and progess has to be made.
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MetaKnight964 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
I never advocated torturing and killing nor do I cling to primitive solutions, don't lie to win an argument/debate.
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GrumpyOldRossco Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Really? I am an Atheist and if every pedophile, rapist, torturer and the like was thrown into an unscaleable pit with a couple of feral pigs for company, I would not cry. Maybe that says something about MY morality. 
Keep in mind, Atheist JUST do not believe in God. Pretty much everything else is up for grabs. 
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curiousprintery Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
You said that liberal atheists often blame all of mankind's problems on religious conservatives and then said that religious conservatives are the kind of people most likely to kill or even torture pedos. Now what were you trying to say with that? That is is a good solution to kill or torture pedos?
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MetaKnight964 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Pedos and only pedos. And I don't really know if it's a good solution or not for pedos that know better.
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curiousprintery Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
And that makes it better, that it's only pedos? The US does have an extremely high recidivism rate anyway. This kind of attitude towards pedos does not motivate any pedo (and being one is not illegal. There is no thought crime) to seek help before they might do something to a kid. And it does not help anyone if case someone gets out of prison and is then completely segregated by society. This person might have been willing to seek help and battle his inclination, do everything so it never happens again. What do you think happens to ex-felons who are completely dropped by society after getting out of prison? Their recidivism rate goes through the roof. They have nothing to live for, are cornered and then they are most likely to do it again.

Killing is never a good solution. If you kill psychopaths, pedos etc., people who were born like that or turned into this because of an accident (can happen if your brain gets damaged, you loose your ability to feel empathy) or because they were terribly abused themselves, it just shows that you are helpless and unable to deal with the problem and thus have to resport to eutanasia. Like the nazis back then and like many countries did in the 19th century with disabled people. A nation and society should never cast judgement on who is worth living and who is not.
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Earthtalon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! I try to not get angry at "those" kind of atheists, but it can get so hard!
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Pocket-fulla-shells Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
In the same way that some Christians point to Soviet Russia and blame atheism for it.
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Earthtalon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Keyword: Some.
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Student Artist
We all know Nazism is a religion like communism. To those Nazis, Hitler is Jesus Christ!

And well, I could say that the radical atheists' god are themselves.

Well there are also people who do call themselves atheists but apparently value Christianity more than the actual practitioners.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, have you seen the attention that Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris receives? They’re practically atheist preachers!
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mklamarie Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
SO freakin true^
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Sabertooth1980 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Salvation Army, Alcoholics Anonymous, Habitat for Humanity, and every other charity, hospital, orphanage, and soup kitchen founded by Christians.

Many of which discriminate against those who are gay, atheist or who they just don't like.
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pokeman122 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
You realize that it's some of the workers/employee's and not it's founders that are that way.
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Sabertooth1980 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
No true scottsman fallacy.
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pokeman122 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Well. Let's put it this way. What if the Atheists open up a serive.charity, and they reject people they don't like.

You can't just label thing's as a whole.
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Sabertooth1980 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
You do realize that there are atheist funded charities right?
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pokeman122 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Yes.

But what I mean is you can't say that the listed Charities founded by Christians are full of bigots.
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pokeman122 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Say what you like, thanks for the link. However I still believe that one thing doesn't ruin everything. Even there's controversaies among the Red Cross as well. It's really a matter of opinion. if it's alright with you, I wish to no longer continue in this arguement.
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DavieTurtle Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Atheism homosexuality, and abortion; The conservatives scapegoat.
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Glamazone Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011   Digital Artist
Funniest part is, most atheists claim to disprove religion, not even fully understanding what belief is. They see (and fight) not the religion itself, but its warped and simplified perception in their eyes.
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HPNotHarryPotter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
You forgot Hitler. Besides that, once again well done.
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curiousprintery Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Er, Hitler was a theist, just like the absolutely overwhelming majority of Germans back then. The hatred for jews was a century old christian tradition, a big conspiracy theory that was also propagated by Martin Luther and one of Hitler's inspirations. Sorry, but the holocaust is on christianity.
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Neoninja2 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
By that logic The Holodomor is on Atheists
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Sheepy94 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Islam.

That is all. ;)
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, if we’re going to get technical, most of the recent terrorist attacks, including 9/11, were politically motivated. They have been attacking us because of our military involvement in the Middle East and our support of Israel. Islam actually forbids suicide, which would make the suicide bombers pointless.

Many of the atrocities attributed to religion (crusades, Holocaust, 9/11) often had other factors surrounding them, most often political.
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LiensriiLovely Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Although the Crusade, 9/11 and Holocaust were initiated with political interest as the background the fact is that the foreground of those historical tragedies were religious endeavors. Take the crusade for instance. The political stance of the crusades was drastically minor to the religious intent to force the Holy Roman Catholic Church onto the Pagan societies of the middle east and also to force such beliefs on the Arab and Moors races who practiced Islamic teachings of Mohammed. In actuality there was very little political interest when concerning the crusades as the only political gain the Roman Catholic Church would have received would have been land and patriotism but the foundation of the crusades was based solely on religion. However you are correct about the Holocaust as it was completely political but used religion as a scapegoat.
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LiensriiLovely Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
I'm sorry, I mis-typed:
I listed both Holocaust and Crusades and said all had religious foregrounds when I meant to say one did and the other didn't.
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LiensriiLovely Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
I did, also notice your link to USA Today to disprove that the crusades were religious but considering the link is for a magazine article and not necessarily a history book of another form of legal print I still have to stand by the facts as I know them.
I actually attended a Catholic school and the funny thing was that my world religions teacher taught about the Crusades and how it was motivated by religious intent before the ideology of political gain kick in.
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Sheepy94 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So what you're saying is: When ever a a bombing happens... say Domodedovo Airport"... Neo-Fascist Conservatives are quick to jump on the "OMG MUSLIM TERRORISTS" Bandwagon. But that's okay? Where as, when ever a "good and holy Christian" does something bad, if we say Christianity had a main factor in it, we're just using it as a scape goat?

Hypocrisy! Oh, Hypocrisy!

Oh, and on the political thing: America only wants to invade the Middle East and blame Islam is because Ronald Reagan backed Saddam Hussein and sold weaponry to the Taliban during Soviet occupation (also hypocrisy here, but that's for another time) and during 9/11, the USA had a shortage of oil... so guess what? It would then be a good idea to barbarically invade Iraq and Afghanistan and steal their oil while selling weapons and ammo to NATO.

Kitty Face! :meow:
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LiensriiLovely Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
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Sheepy94 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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LiensriiLovely Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Absolutely. I thought your explanation was very well grounded for the situation at hand.
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well, there were no atheists among the 9/11 hijackers. Also there were no atheists among the ranks of the Catholic priests who raped children for years without so much as a slap on the wrist. The various massacres in East Asia fuelled by the war between Islam and Hinduism or Buddhism. No atheists there.

Religion is hardly a spotless, immaculate unicorn. There are a lot of times when it's more than a scapegoat.
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Earthtalon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well, it religion gives you some people who do good, and then produces some people who do bad. Pretty even.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it wasn’t Christians or other religious people responsible for the persecution of religious people during France’s Reign of Terror or during the People's Socialist Republic of Albania (look them up in Wikipedia). Communism has proven that you don’t need religion to oppress and persecute people. The ideal religion-free world envisioned by anti-theists like Richard Dawkins will never be obtained.
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
By far and large, Communism is a mirror image of religion. It's a messianic system of belief which encourages unthinking obediance to a dictatorial figure who promises salvation in some far away utopia.

Also, Christians did persecute the Jews of Europe for centuries. Massive bloodshed was caused by the crusades (a religious war) in the middle ages. Jim Jone's followers commited mass suicide because they thought he was God and they would go to heaven. SUicide bombers are told to bomb innocent civilians in the middle east because they think they will go to heaven.

I don't know if the world of Anti-theism will ever be obtained but it can't be all that bad.
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Earthtalon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Except for denying a base human right (unless everyone decided to become anti-theist). But other than that, pretty normal.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Communism is the atheistic alternative to religion. It was founded by an atheist who’s entire ideology was based upon dialectic materialism (which suggests that only the natural, material world exists—thus nothing supernatural like God) and who claimed that religion was “the opiate of the people.” On that note, his followers sought to ban religion in every Communist regime they created. Say what you want, communist regimes are as secular and as atheistic as a country or government can be.

Stop brining up more examples from religion. It’s not helping your point.

See reference to Communism above. It’s as “anti-theistic” as you can get, and it’s hardly good.
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R55 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Come to think of it, isn't the current antitheistic movements mirroring the evangelicals they vilify so much?
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R55 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Besides, Jim Jones didn't believe in God; it was all a front. Plus he was a member of the CPUSA.
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Stalin-Fan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
If he was a muslim, this would be a completely different article. The right loves it when they can blame islam for something, hates it whenever anyone can blame christianity for anything.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
When was the last time you saw a Christian suicide bomber blow himself up in the name of Jesus Christ?

Nuff said!
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demonchild4unow Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
I assume you have never heard of Christian terrorists who bomb abortion clinics.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That pales in comparison to the terrorist attacks and murders committed by Islamic fundamentalists.
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demonchild4unow Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Yet, it does not excuse it and it is the same thing as what Islamic terrorists do.
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