Originally posted by @sh76 to Sonhouse
Yes, because the irreligious Hitler's Germany and the irreligious Stalin's USSR lived sooooo nicely in harmony with each other and the land.
People of any religion or lack of religion can be morally praiseworthy or blameworthy or any combination.
The idea that religion itself is the problem with the world is hopelessly naive.
"...irreligious Hitler's Germany ..."
Germany was not as 'irreligious' as Sh76 assumes. The reality was more complex.
"A census in May 1939, six years into the Nazi era and after the annexation of mostly
Catholic Austria into Germany, indicates that 54% considered themselves Protestant,
40% Catholic, 3.5% self-identified as "gottgläubig" (lit. "believers in God", often described
as predominately creationist and deistic), and *1.5% as non-religious*."
"There was some diversity of personal views among the Nazi leadership as to the future of religion in Germany."
"Heinrich Himmler, who himself was fascinated with Germanic paganism,
was a strong promoter of the gottgläubig movement and didn't allow atheists into the SS,
arguing that their "refusal to acknowledge higher powers" would be a "potential source
of indiscipline". The majority of the three million Nazi Party members continued to
pay their church taxes and register as either Roman Catholic or Protestants."
"Nazi ideology could not accept an autonomous establishment whose legitimacy did not
spring from the government. It desired the subordination of the church to the state.."
"Hitler called a truce to the Church conflict with the outbreak of war, wanting to back away
from policies which were likely to cause internal friction inside Germany. He decreed at
the outset of war that "no further action should be taken against the Evangelical and
Catholic Churches for the duration of the war". According to John Conway, "The Nazis
had to reckon with the fact that, despite all of Rosenberg's efforts, only 5 percent of the
population registered themselves at the 1930 census as no longer connected with Christian Churches.""
During the Second War, the Wehrmacht's men marched to war with this slogan inscribed
on their belt buckles: "Gott mit uns."