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June 17, 2009

So much for the 'godless communists'

What happened? Used to be you could safely equate communist party membership with atheism because, well, wasn't it always that way? Was that not much of the reason why various various churches during the United State's Cold War struggle with the Soviet Union were famously opposed to communism? Didn't the U.S. put the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance during the Cold War just to show which of the two chief antagonists in that struggle was closer to the Lord? Didn't the movie director and avid anti-communist Cecile B. DeMille help to put up those Ten Commandments monuments in public places as a political statement as well as some nice PR for his movie starring Charlton Heston? And, of course, was it not Karl Marx, co-author of 'The Communist Manifesto' who called reglion the "opium of the people"?

Now comes the Communist Party USA to complicate the matter. According to the Peoples' Weekly World, the party argues that the association of communism and atheism is a misconception, notwithstanding the original Bolsheviks' official atheist position arising from its conflict with the Russian Orthodox Church for its alliance with the tsarist state. Going a step further, the party announces that it has formed a new "Religion Commission"  to "welcome people of faith into the party."

The chairman of the commission, Tim Yeager, identified as a 'Chicago trade unionist and member of the Episcopal Church,' says “We invite questions and responses from people who would like to dialogue with us on matters pertaining to religion, Marxism and the struggle for more peaceful, just and secure world.”

Yeager sidesteps that whole unpleasant "opium" business, and instead closes his remarks by quoting Marx otherwise: “As Marx said, the goal is not merely to explain the world, but to change it. We hope that the new Religion Commission will help build greater unity toward that end...We welcome people from faith communities to join us.”

 

Posted by Arthur Hirsch at 5:00 PM | | Comments (6)
        

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Religion IS an opiate of the masses but that doesn't mean the Communist Party of America doesn't want the addicted to swell its own ranks. It's a numbers game. Communist Party USA wants to expand, blow new wind into its own sails and enroll the religious and the reverent by showing the Communist Manifesto is not incompatible with belief in an omniscient God. Birds of a feather should flock together. The Communist Manifesto is as patently false as any religious manifesto and those who subscribe to either should get along famously together.

the Karl Marx quote about "opiate of the people" is completely misunderstood by the vast majority of the people who quote it. If you look at it in the context of what he wrote around it, it becomes clear that it he is in no way saying religion is an evil or even negative thing, he instead is saying that, (I might add in his view, I am not a communist) as a result of the capitalist system the majority of society are effectively enslaved and end up in such horrible living wretched conditions (and lets not forget, when Karl Marx lived 7 year old children were working 16 hour shifts in mines and falling asleep while their parents were trying to feed them when they got home) that their religion, while a delusion, is all they are left with to give them any sense of hope and happiness, and by changing the system they can live some of the dream in this world that they are only able to fantasize about under the capitalist system. SO while he saw religion as a delusion, he did not see it as in inherently evil or even negative thing, just the sad byproduct of a broken society.

Thankfully Darwin's discovery of evolution completely rules out the possibility that man came from some dirt that a god used to make an image of himself out of, and that woman came from a rib of this dirt-man.

Compare the amount of interlocking data from every applicable scientific field including geology, physics, and even molecular biology, all having observational experiments done, that test and prove the hypotheses of evolution occurring (elevating it to a FACT and a THEORY), with the DISCREDITED FAIRY TALE - a big invisible monster that nobody has ever seen or heard did it.

It is frightening that mass delusions of supernatural beings still exist today. It is the same thing as saying that my invisible fire breathing dragon is more powerful than your multi-headed fire spewing sea monster. So, come around to my way of thinking or I will commit atrocities for it.

Everything from the murderous blood stained Sky Daddy who drowned virtually all humanity and other life, sentenced everyone to leave Utopia after Eve (persuaded by a talking snake) ate a magical apple, had Jonah take a ride in the belly of a whale, ruined the life of Job, told Abraham to murder his own kid, killed all the first born of Egypt, had his chosen people commit genocide on the original inhabitants of Palestine, to letting his own son be nailed to some wood so mankind could party with a ghost - is a FAIRY TALE that humanity needs to reject if we are to see many more generations.

By the way if you are dumb enough to believe that this fable is real; in the Bible, the murder count is God/millions - Devil/zero. Whom would you rather spend time with, a vengeful monster or a fallen angel who thought he had a better way? I am NOT promoting the Devil, just illustrating the craziness in this stupidity.

Hopefully if you were previously deluded, after reading this you will see how foolish you have been. Society needs to accelerate its retreat from worshiping outlandishly absurd fictional psychopathic beings.

There is no middle ground.

And Thorkelson what do we have years later? Little man Putin sitting on the dust heap of collectivization, his chest inflated, killing journalists and other dissenters through proxies ready to disseminate poisons of all sorts. The masses in Russia shut up because prosperity from oil has tricked down a teeny bit to them. The Russian Orthodox Church is firmly in place, its liturgical splendor restored and the Russians, even those who don't work 16 hour shifts in mines, even those with money jingling in their pockets, genuflect to the unknown and the ever unknowable. The kleptocrats and the plutocrats rule as usual in Russia.

The lot of men is pretty dismal under any system. The one "ism" common to all "isms" men have invented and practiced is "survivalism". It is built into our genes but some of us seem to be better endowed in this department than others.

Karl Marx was right to be suspicious of religion. But if what you explain is what Karl Marx believed, that only the capitalist system by virtue of untrammeled exploitation drives people to religion, he was wrong.

This is what I think is true--I have taken the liberty to alter your quote--"and by changing their own survival capacities no matter what the system, people can live some of the dreams they are only able to fantasize about under Marxism, socialism, capitalism, thugism and Godism. If these systems suffocate their very ability to survive they will prove Darwin right, come and go and be unremembered, leaving their unscrupulous brothers and sisters, practitioners of all kinds of "isms" scaling the evolutionary ladder".

Karl Marx was a naive dreamer, too focused on capitalism as the only source of the proletariats' misery in this world.

Gee Pachee! You sound like God!

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About Matthew Hay Brown
Matthew Hay Brown writes and blogs about faith and values in public and private life for The Baltimore Sun. A former Washington correspondent for the newspaper, he has long written about the intersection of religion and politics. He has reported from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, traveling most recently to Syria and Jordan to write about the Iraqi refugee crisis.
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