James Gray (Write Back, February 19) gave the impression that only atheist tyrants were evil and slaughtered people.
If he doesn't already know, atheism is simply a denial of the existence of a god or gods and not a philosophy.
While it is true that Stalin and Pol Pot were atheists, their crimes against humanity were not carried out in the name of a god they didn't believe in. Hitler and Saddam Hussein were not atheists.
A study of history should reveal to him that it is believers that have perpetrated these
crimes more often throughout the ages in the name of whatever god they invented for themselves.