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Friday, January 31, 2003

When the ship comes in...

“I harbour hate against all the gods.”
Karl Marx, foreword to his doctoral thesis

“I will wander godlike and victorious through the ruins of the world. And giving my words an active force, I will feel equal to the creator.”
Marx’s prophetic words fulfilled in the killing fields of the 20th century

“Communism abolishes all religion and all morality.”

“Religion is the just the imaginary sun which seems to man to revolve around him, until he realises that he himself is the centre of his own revolution.”

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of men, is a demand for their real happiness.”
The Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels 1848

“Religion is opium for the people. Religion is a kind of spiritual intoxicant in which the slaves of capitalism drown their humanity and blunt their desire for a decent human existence.”

“Every religious idea of god, every flirtation with the idea of God is unutterable vileness.”
Lenin to Maxim Gorky

“The fight against religion is the fight for socialism”
motto of The Union of Militant Atheists formed by Lenin.

“The Godless Union” under Stalin had by 1932, 7,000,000 members organized into 80,000 cells publishing 14,000,000 pieces of atheistic literature. Its purpose: “to encourage young people to oppose religion of every kind.”

“The struggle with traditional religion is decisive and uncompromising.”
Mikhail Gorbachev, general Secretary of the USSR, 1985

“If I were to be asked today the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that has swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God, that is why this has happened’”.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 1983

“His name will endure through the years, and so also will his work”
Engels’ prophetic statement at Marx’s funeral (attended by eleven people).

The fulfillment:
By 1980, 28 nations representing 1.5 billion people (one third of the world’s population) were governed by Marxist regimes all committed to an atheistic agenda and engaging in greater or lesser extent in the repression and persecution of those who believed in God.

Some questions:

If the state is self-sufficient, self justifying and a law unto itself, where does this leave individual freedom of thought and direction?

If there is no God, and no other absolute beyond the existence of matter, how can there be any ultimate source of truth as a reference point by which any system of law and order can be assessed?

If man is really nothing more than matter, where does he get his conscience, willpower, aspirations, creativity, hope and imagination or concepts such as love and beauty?

If man has no soul and all “goodness” and “truth” are relative to time and space, how can any abiding value be attributed to man as an individual?

Why did a system based on science, reason and idealism spawn “every kind of corruption known to man”? [see for example ‘The Black Book of Communism’ written by a team of left-wing French historians in 1997 for the details of “every form of corruption known to man”]

Why would Marxist governments spend vast fortunes trying to destroy religion - which they claimed to have no foundation, and forbidding their people to worship a God which they claim does not exist?

Likewise why do atheists on the Net expend such vast amounts of energy attacking that which they claim does not exist or alternatively which they claim has no practical meaning to them?

An apocryphal story from Russia:
It is said that an old woman once asked Mikhail Gorbachev whether Communism had been invented by a politician or a scientist. Gorbachev replied that he was not sure, but he thought it was a politician. “That explains it,” said the old woman. “If it had been a scientist he would have tried it on mice first.”

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