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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.
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?
MetaKnight964 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Many of them don't want help and don't even try to ask for it.
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.
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.
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. 
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?
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.
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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