40 million dead is the most conservative estimate I've read of Stalin's reign. I've seen many higher number suggested. They died in the name of an entirely secular state. Who knows what was the bodycount of the Cultural Revolution in China?
I am not defending any religion in any way, neither am I condemning it.
All I'm saying is don't ever fob it all off as the actions of some "inhuman" monster. It appears to be very human to do these things, unfortunately.
Well said, religion is just an excuse that people have used.The crusades is a perfect example.