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{{bible quote|“Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”|book=Matthew|chap=26:52-54|version=ESV}}
'''Violence''' is [[physical]] [[force]] applied for unethical reasons such as [[aggression]], [[abuse]] or [[exploitation]]. Its ethical opposite is [[self-defense]] or defense of another.
Most countries have laws against violence, although some [[government]]s habitually employ violence against their own citizenry. [[International law|International legislation]] on [[human rights]] is meant to prevent this, but has proved difficult to enforce in practice.
Some people believe that atheists have no moral code forbidding violence. This is not borne out by the facts. *Excessive violence is associated with other forms of [[social pathology]]. <ref>[]</ref>
==Violence as a Sin==
In [[Christian]] thought, violence can include any [[sin]] that is malicious, but does not use the human intellect. As well as direct physical violence, [[Dante's Inferno]] categorizes [[tyrant|tyranny]], [[suicide]], [[self-harm]], [[blasphemy]], [[usury]] and [[homosexuality]] as forms of violence. The last three are considered the most serious forms, as the violence is directed against [[God]] or [[nature]].==Speech as violence==In recent years, left wing polemicists have expanded the above definition to include saying words that the listener does not want to hear. Some people call this "safetyism."<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=John McWhorter is right about the chilling effect of Title IX campus safetyism|date=September 11, 2020|accessdate=September 11, 2020}}</ref> So, if a Wake Forest law professor reads aloud a Supreme Court decision that contains a racial slur, students will contact the Dean to complain that the law professor committed "an act of violence" against them.<ref>{{cite news|work=Brietbart|url=|title=Wake Forest Reprimands Law Prof for Reading Racial Slur in Famous Supreme Court Opinion|date=March 31, 2020|accessdate=2020-09-09}}</ref> In August 2020, a business USC professor who is fluent in [[Mandarin]] explained to his class that native-speakers say the word "nèi ge" repeatedly just as English speakers say um or er. Some members of the class complained to the Dean that he was using a racial slur causing them great pain. He was suspended from teaching.<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Controversy over USC professor’s use of Chinese word that sounds like racial slur in English|date=September 5, 2020|work=Los Angeles Times|accessdate=2020-09-09}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Letter from USC Marshall School of Business Alumni About the "Neige" / Prof. Greg Patton Controversy|date=Sept. 7, 2020|accessdate=2020-09-09}}</ref> Threatening to harm or kill the President or the Vice President of the United States is considered violent speech, punishable by up to five years imprisonment<ref></ref>. ==Self-defense==Self defense is legally defined in the United States as "the use of reasonable force to protect oneself or members of the family from bodily harm from the attack of an aggressor, if the defender has reason to believe he/she/they is/are in danger"<ref></ref>. If one is required to use violence in order to defend him or herself, he or she cannot morally or legally use any greater degree of violence than is required to stop the threat. Under these conditions, murder is very rarely allowed, and as such shooting to stop rather than to kill is emphasized when undergoing the training necessary to carry a firearm legally.
==See also==
*[[murder Murder and homosexuality]]* [[Alternatives to Violence Project]] '''Atheism and violence: ''' *[[Atheism and violence]] *[[Atheism and mass murder]]
*[[Militant atheism]]
[[Category:Liberal Traits]]