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Best not defend atheism, Richard. But you go right ahead and offend it.

Richard Godwin's piece "Militant atheism is as extreme as any belief system" is worse than offensive. It is wrong. The article is based on three outright popular myths the author either knows to be untrue or hasn't bothered to investigate.

Firstly, Mr Godwin equates "Hitler, Stalin and Mao [being] rabidly anti-religious" with the record of religious crime and violence. This is simply poisoning the well of any atheist worldview.

To anyone who has studied the matter, Hitler's avowed Catholicism and concordat with the Vatican, Stalin's background as a seminarian and Mao's reliance on stupified, superstitious peasants, simply cannot be equated with secularism. (A term which Godwin gleefully confuses with atheism. Devil may care for any distinctions between beliefs provided they are not religious). The dictatorships of the 20th century were not a product of a commitment to scientific skeptical enquiry and secular law, but of these leaders' ability …

COMMENT: Hillary is Coming out Trumps

The roaring success of Trump's nomination in the White House race is the gift that keeps on giving to Hillary Clinton's team. What more could a Democratic nominee ask for? Or indeed her electorate.
Hillary Clinton is outrageously qualified for the job, speaks to all the liberal values held by her party from minority rights to gender issues, and has the opponent made in heaven with Trump. Which liberal wouldn't brave boredom, the appeal of the sofa and bad weather on Election Day to keep this good-for-nothing racist flapmouth out of office? The increasing ranks of Trump-loathing Republicans may even vote Hillary with puckered faces and rubber gloves on.
Mrs Clinton's experience under Obama as Secretary of State stands her in excellent stead to learn from the foreign policy mistakes of the last two governments and to build on their strengths. The historic Obamacare measures have improved - although not fully - the nation's health prospects and made vital strides towar…