Washington D.C. 02/09/2008
DINESH DSOUZA: Lets shift gears and talk now about morality. And I want to address head on a very common argument, often shared by conservatives, that religion is the source of the crimes of history. Now as in the past, its religion thats to blame. Like a lot of bogus arguments, it does contain a molecule of truth. What is the molecule of truth? The molecule of truth is that the Islamic radicals do what they do in the name of religion. Listen to the Bin Laden videos, were doing this in the name of Allah. God commanded us to do this. But there is no equivalent today on the Christian side. Theres no Christian Al-Qaeda, theres no Christian Hamas, or Hezbollah. Theres no Christian state, now, run along the lines of Iran. 
Do you see whats going on here? A specious attempt to create a moral analogy that really doesnt exist. But I go further, and ask you this question, why are the Israelis and the Palestinians fighting? Are they actually fighting about religion? Or the Israelis go, we think Moses was the greater profit. The Palestinians go, we think it was Muhammad. Thats not what theyre fighting about. Theyre actually fighting about land. In Kashmir, theyre fighting over a territory. Even in Northern Ireland, theyre not fighting over the Eucharist, or transubstantiation, theyre fighting over which group of guys gets to rule that country. 
Now I want to look very briefly at history because I consider myself a reasonably educated guy, and if you were to come to me in three years and say, Dinesh, how many people were killed in the Salem Witch Trials? I would say, you know, I dont know exactly, but you know its clearly an important episode in American history we all read Arthur Millers play, the Crucible in college. I dont know, hundreds, maybe thousands? Ok, Dinesh, how many people were killed in the Inquisition? Well, that was a little bit of a biggie, it lasted for 350 years, it was particularly notorious for Spanish inquisition. I dont know, hundreds of thousands, maybe millions? Well, theres now a big scholarship on all of this. And if you go and look at it, read for example Henry Kamens multi-volume study of the inquisition, hes considered the leading authority on the subject. You will find out that the Spanish inquisition, over a period of 350 years, killed fewer than 2,000 people. Now, Im not a math major but by my count, thats about six guys a year. Does this qualify as a world historical crime?
What about the Salem Witch Trials?  You see, number of people killed in the Salem Witch Trials was precisely 18. 18! Well, I agree thats 18 too many, or 2018 too many, but come on, while the atheists are crying crocodile tears over the crimes of religion committed 200, 500, or in the case of the crusades, 1,000 years ago, crimes that quite frankly, are not repeatable today. Were not exactly going to have the Crusades in Fresno. So these are the myths of historical times. And yet, while the atheists are inconsolable about all these great offenses, they ignore, they downplay, they rationalize, they try to cover up the vastly greater crimes of atheist regimes committed, not in some ancient past, but in our own lifetime, in living memory, and theyre still going on.
People say, you know, youre clearly talking about Mao in China, and the Nazi regime in Germany, and Stalin, and so on. Well ok, the big three, if you want to focus on them, yeah its true. Very interestingly, in the narrow space of five decades, these three regimes were able to exterminate something in the order of 100 million people. But this is only the tip of the iceberg, were not even talking about a junior league atheist like Pol Pot. He doesnt even make the top tier. He kills about 2 million in about three years. And then we have to add Chauchesku, and Virposka, Kim Jong Il, Fidel Castro, the list goes on. My point is, there is an ocean of blood and a mountain of bodies.
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