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Thread #159350   Message #3775458
Posted By: Jim Carroll
28-Feb-16 - 04:20 AM
Thread Name: BS: Qu: Regarding Religion
Subject: RE: BS: Qu: Regarding Religion
"Presumably under Marxo-Leninism, religion ["Opium of the people"] would be forbidden or at least much frowned on"
Pretty reasonable summing up of The Soviet Union here.
Sounds like a good idea to me.
"The vast majority of people in the Russian empire were, at the time of the revolution, religious believers, whereas the communists aimed to break the power of all religious institutions and eventually replace religious belief with atheism. "Science" was counterposed to "religious superstition" in the media and in academic writing. The main religions of pre-revolutionary Russia persisted throughout the entire Soviet period, but they were only tolerated within certain limits. Generally, this meant that believers were free to worship in private and in their respective religious buildings (churches, mosques, etc.), but public displays of religion outside of such designated areas were prohibited. In addition, religious institutions were not allowed to express their views in any type of mass media, and many religious buildings were demolished or used for other purposes"
That was, as far as I know, more or less the state of things throughout the Communist world
I've visited some beautiful religious buildings in Communist countries, still in full use - Sofia Cathedral is pretty outstanding.
How many people killed by atheist states - about the same number as angels that can dance on a head of a pin - silly question Mike.
Wars are waged for political and economic reasons - not or anti-religious ones - religion is often the banner that flies over the armies, but it is seldom, if ever the cause fought for.
Jim Carroll