Religion is responsible for more deaths and wars in the world than any other cause, but not really. Many Atheists will make this claim and add to it that countries which embrace atheism to greater degrees are more peaceful and bestow more rights upon their citizens than countries thick with religious belief.
The response to these claims is to bring up the atheistic governments of communist China, Russia, and the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia, to name a few. “But wait!” says the Atheist, “the hundreds of millions killed under atheistic rule weren’t killed in the name of atheism.” And they’re right. However, this is a distinction without a difference.
You see, the governments were run by Atheists who essentially suppressed or outlawed religion. The point is that if atheism led to a more moral, peaceful and more humane treatment of people, how did these genocides take place?