Pol Pot was an atheist

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Background History: Pol Pot, also known as Saloth Sar, was the leader of the communist party of Cambodia from, and served as the Prime Minister from 1976-to 1979 in the Democratic Kampuchea. In his reign he attempted to purify Cambodia, through an Agrarian Socialism, which forced people to move into the country to restart Cambodian civilization. This led to a poor infrastructure and a mass genocide, killing 1.7 to 2.5 people. With the poor quality of living and the mass murder of people, a total of 21% of the Cambodian population died. Pol Pot lost his power after the Vietnam invaded in 1979, during the Cambodian-Vietnam War. This forced him to flee into the southwestern jungle of the border between Cambodia and Thailand. Pol Pot died in 1998 under house arrest of the Ta Mok faction of the Khmer Rouge.

Yes, it is true that Pol Pot was an atheist, but that did not make him a bad person, or influence him to make bad decisions. Atheism is only the disbelief in God, not the belief in any dogma or rules. This means that Atheism is not a reason to kill, not for Pol Pot nor anyone. He can justifiably be accused of being a terrible human being, but his atheism, as a simple lack of belief, cannot be blamed for it.

Reply: There is no way to exclude the fact that Atheism, or any belief, attributes certain mind sets that affect decisions; Pol Pot is no exception to this rule. His decisions were not induced out of thin air; instead, Pol Pot’s background and beliefs influenced his choices and actions. So atheism had a part to play in his conduct, but it would be incorrect to assume that atheism is the sole reason why Pol Pot became a mass murderer! There are too many subjective factors to his actions to come to a clear conclusion about this fact.

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