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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Atrocities of Atheism: Episode V -- The Evil Empire Strikes Back

Introduced in Atrocities of Atheism: Episode I -- The Atheist Menace, I set forth the facts on how Atheism is the bloodiest religion in the world in the 20th Century. I did not go into detail of exact examples. That is why I will show some practicle examples of the horrors of militant Atheist governments. In this "Episode" we will look at how the Atheist Russian government viciously strikes down all religions besides Atheism.

Russian Atheist Government Atrocities:

"The Soviet Union was the first state to have as an ideological objective the elimination of religion. Toward that end, the Communist regime confiscated church property, ridiculed religion, harassed believers, and propagated atheism in the schools. ...The main target of the anti-religious campaign in the 1920s and 1930s was the Russian Orthodox Church, which had the largest number of faithful. Nearly all of its clergy, and many of its believers, were shot or sent to labor camps. Theological schools were closed, and church publications were prohibited. By 1939 only about 500 of over 50,000 churches remained open" (from Anti-Religious Campaigns). "For over 70 years the Communist Party attempted to eradicate Christianity from Russia. Brainwashing, propaganda, infiltration of the Church, imprisonment, torture, concentration camps and executions failed to destroy people's faith in God and hunger for the Bible. Yet Communism continued to export not only its ideology of Atheism, Materialism and Economic Determinism, but its violent revolutionary methods, and its hatred of God, the Bible and the Christian Church. In the 1980's, 224 million Christians lived under severe state persecution, with another 70 million 'Crypto-Christians', who secretly worshipped God in 'underground' churches" (from Communist Liberation: Myth & Reality). "Soviet Communism was committed by its fundamental principles to an aggressive and militant atheism. It could not rest satisfied merely with a neutral separation between Church and State, but sought by every means, direct and indirect, to overthrow all organized Church life and to eliminate all religious belief"(from The Assault Upon Heaven). "The totalitarian Communist State employed to the full all forms of anti-religious propaganda, while denying the Church any right of reply. There was, first of all, the atheist instruction that was given systematically in every school. Teachers received such injunctions as these: A Soviet teacher must be guided by the principle of the Party spirit of science; he is obliged not only to be an unbeliever himself, but also to be an active propagandist of godlessness among others, to be the bearer of the ideas of militant proletarian atheism. Skillfully and calmly, tactfully and persistently, the Soviet teacher must expose and overcome religious prejudices in the course of his activity in school and out of school, day in and day out"(from The Assault Upon Heaven). Thousands of Christians were slaughtered by the atheist regime and it decimated the Orthodox Christian community. An incomplete list of names of Bishops alone that were slaughtered are listed here (then click "proceed"). "'The more representatives from the reactionary clergy and the recalcitrant bourgeoisie we shoot,' Lenin wrote in March of 1922, 'the better it will be for us. We must teach these people a lesson as quickly as possible, so that the thought of protesting again doesn't occur to them for decades to come.' When Lenin and his progeny were unable to teach the clergy a lesson, they simply murdered them. In 1922 alone, more than 8,000 priests, monks, and nuns were executed in the Soviet Union. Nearly a decade after the Revolution, however, 20,000 churches and mosques were still in operation. By 1941, that number shrank to less than 1,000" (from Ideas Have Consequences... Like Murder, Tyranny, and Repression). Even as late as 1971, there are reports of the Communist oppression of Christianity. The Atheistic government has been reported engaging in sentencing Christians to mental hospitals to get rid of their "sickness" of having faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. "As the decades of Soviet rule passed, many Christians were sent to psychiatric hospitals because religion was categorized as mental illness". "'Special Psychiatric Hospitals' are known to exist in Kazan, Sychevka (Smolensk region), Leningrad, Cherniahovsk, Minsk, Dniepropetrovsk, Orel. It is very likely that they are also to be found in other regions. In many psychiatric hospitals special wards have been set aside for 'treatment' against dissidents of all complexions. The names of 60 victims of such 'treatment' have been published abroad. The Moscow Patriarchate, recognized by the atheistic government of the USSR, and kept under its control, maintains a stony silence".

The Russian Atheist Government ruthlessly removed Muslims from their homeland in inhumane conditions, killing hundreds of thousands. "Fearful of a pan-Islamic movement, the Soviet regime systematically suppressed Islam by force". "The Imperial Russian government was involved in all these mass expulsions. In the 20th century, the government of the Soviet Union perfected the crime of ethnic cleansing. During World War II, the Stalin regime used the resources of a highly organized state with a modern rail system to rapidly exile entire nations from their ancestral homelands. The Soviet government targeted the Muslim nationalities of the Caucasus and Crimea for deportation in their entirety. The Soviet political police, NKVD (Peoples Commissariat of Internal Affairs) exiled the [Muslim] Karachays, Chechens, Ingush, Balkars, Crimean Tatars, and Meskhetian Turks to Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Siberia, and other remote areas of the USSR in 1943 and 1944. These brutal forced relocations to desolate areas with poor material conditions resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths" (from Deportation and Fate of Crimean Tatars). For the Muslim Crimean Tatars alone, this religious cleansing process killed almost a hundred thousand. "Called the 'Surgun' (mass deportation) by survivors, nearly half (46%) of of 180,000 persons deported to 'Special Settlement Camps' in Uzbekistan, Siberia, and the Urals perished." (from 60th Anniversary of the Deportation of Crimean Tatars).

The Russian Atheist Government not only targeted Muslims and Christians for destruction, but this atheist government then turned it's attention to target the Jews. "Attacks on Judaism were endemic throughout the Soviet period, and the organized practice of Judaism became almost impossible"(from Anti-Religious Campaigns). "Millions of people in the Soviet Union became un-persons during [Stalin's Atheist] quarter-century rule. While the Georgian-born Stalin didn't particularly favor one nationality over another during his reign of terror, he was a 'breaker of nations,' as in Robert Conquest's book title — and he had a particular hatred for Soviet Jews." (from How Stalin Murdered Jews).

To view the atrocities of other Atheistic Governments please read:
Atrocities of Atheism: Episode II -- Attack of the Chinese .
Atrocities of Atheism: Episode III .
Atrocities of Atheism: Episode IV -- A New 'Killing-Field'

And don't miss the exciting purposeful conclusion in:
Atrocities of Atheism: Episode VI -- Return of the Believers

16 Comments:

At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever wrote this article is obviously a brainwashed idiot. You talk about Athiest governments and the attrocities they have committed, how about attrocities that Religion governemtns commit on a daily basis. Ever heard of Hitler? He was "doing god's work".

 
At 4:15 PM, Blogger FreedomDefender said...

Dear anonymous,

You mention Hitler as your prime example. That's interesting since Hiter said, as noted in the book "Hitler’s Secret Conversations 1941–1944, With an introductory essay on The Mind of Adolf Hitler by H.R. Trevor-Roper", that religion is an
"...organized lie [that] must be smashed. The State must remain the absolute master. When I was younger, I thought it was necessary to set about [destroying religion] ...with dynamite. I’ve since realized there’s room for a little subtlety... . The final state must be... in St. Peter’s Chair, a senile officiant; facing him a few sinister old women... The young and healthy are on our side... it’s impossible to eternally hold humanity in bondage and lies... . [It] was only between the sixth and eighth centuries that Christianity was imposed upon our peoples... . Our peoples had previously succeeded in living all right without this religion. I have six divisions of SS men absolutely indifferent in matters of religion. It doesn’t prevent them from going to their death with serenity in their souls."

Hitler was opposed to much of the Church. He felt their morality was an obsticle to their racist government policies and their eugenics programs.

Hitler did kill more people than the murder happy Stalin, but...

Mao murdered more than both Hitler and Stalin. Mao's self professed atheist Government was responsible for the most deaths. There was clearly more deaths committed by Mao's atheistic government. His attrocities account for 77 million or more (http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=47616)

The death count is higher for atheistic governments, than Hitler's reign alone: fact. There are over 4 Billion deaths due to atheistic governments in the 20th century (http://users.erols.com/mwhite28/warstat8.htm): fact. The numbers of this deathcount far overshadows Hitler's Anti-Jewish and and Anti-Christian attrocities (which were terrible).

Hitler was terrible, but he disliked organized religion. Mao's atheistic government killed more than Hitler's government.

 
At 7:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Essentially, the arguement is that the promise of a magic happy land afterlife, as opposed to a hell, promotes morality?

Your moral because you think you will be rewarded?

How pathetic.

 
At 2:44 AM, Blogger FreedomDefender said...

Dear anonymous,

Your assumption that heaven promotes morality is quite a strange and foreign concept to me. It is not clear from your statement what made you assume that I believe that (which I do not).

Who is trying to change the argument to the promise of heaven being a carrot for morality? Are you trying to make this argument? If so, you'll have to back it up.

I don't follow God because of what I'll get. It's because it's right and true and good to do so.

If you believe that people only do good when they are given an incentive, please describe your view better, because I do not see the world this way. I believe people can do the right thing without having to be coerced.

 
At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hitler used Christian imagery for cynical gains. He was hardly a Christian. If anything, the Nazis were neopagans and occultists to the core.

The symbol for the SS, for example, was derived from German neopaganism. Anon. On the contrary, you are the brainawashed idiot.

 
At 11:41 AM, Blogger Peace by Jesus said...

It should be disconcerting that the quotes of men like Lenin sound so much like the militant atheists of today (Dawkins, Harriss, Hitchens, etc.) who broad brush all religion as muderous, etc. while promoting themselves as the "reasonable" moral alternative.

Yet it was out of the same objectively baseless authority that men such as Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot,etc, operated out of, as they did what was pragmatically "reasonable" in their sight, in slaying their millions in order to achieve their "noble" goals We hear a similar ethos from atheists today who who belief it reasonable to outlaw the teaching of eligion to children today.

Yet the writer of this article makes the similar mistake of atheistic writers, that of lumping religion and all forms of Christianity together, when it is all false religion - which includes the "belief in unbelief" system of atheism - that is the problem, while Biblical Christianity never killed anyone when acting consistent with the very clear teaching of the New Testament, in seeking to defend or expand the faith. And which believers do not act moral in order to gain Heaven, but out of gratitude for having received salvation, and in obedeince to the commands and example of Christ, who gave Himself for us.

 
At 10:32 AM, Blogger mountain king said...

Hi. I would like you to present an actual evidence where Stalin himself says he doesn't believe in God. You showed here of events of when Stalin opposed religious people. However I see many comments between same Christians, that Church and God – does not have anything in common, that Church is corrupted, perverted and seek money and power only. Maybe the same minds were in heads of revolutionists too. Who knows, in the Thirty years war christians had no problem killing millions of other christians



As for Stalin, he was believer. Stalin born in 1878, received more power and started his mass murder journey through corpses in 1922 and died in 1953.

Stalin grow-up in religious family and it was planed that he will become a priest. Therefore Stalin received religious education in Gori Church‘s School (from 1888-09-... to 1894-06-...) and Tbilisi Priest‘s Seminary (from 1894-09-01 to 1899-07-29) which he didn’t accomplished because he entered Revolution movement. Likely, those ideas about defending poor people and that rich people will go to hell or at least for them will be hard to go to (communistic) heaven... no doubt that Stalin collected such ideas from his religious education. In the Bible itself there are explanations that it will be hard to go to Heaven for rich people and they are oppressors of the poor. "All capital/property is evil and rich people must gift their property to poor" – was not too far from The Bible and teachings of Christ as Christians wants to present now. For example:



Bible:NT:Mat:19:23-24 And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."



Bible:NT:Ja:2:5-6 "Listen, my beloved brethren. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you, is it not they who drag you into court?"



Bible:NT:Ja:5:1 "Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you."



Bible shows that if you want to be real believer, you must resign your possessions to poor and have common property, like communists and planned:



Bible:NT:Lu:12:33 "Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys."



Bible:NT:Mar:10:21-22 And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.


All that believed were together, and had all things in common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
(Acts 2:44-45)
There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
(Acts 4:34-37)
Immediately following this second passage is a very interesting story about a couple, Ananias and Sapphira, who sold a piece of property but only gave the community a portion of the proceeds, keeping some of it for themselves. When Peter confronts them with this, they both fall down and die - leaving the impression (for many people) that they were struck dead.

Killing bourgeoisie land owners who fail to give all of their money to the community? That’s not merely communism, that’s Stalinism.






Sometimes people think that communism (latin: commun=to share / collective property – no private property) was atheistic idea. But they forgot, how property was and is managed in Church and monasteries, where is no private property – this is pure communism in all its glory. It seems that Church and monasteries adopted and realized "atheistic" ideas of shared property thousands of years before revolution in Russia even started. And when you read the Bible, you can see that Christ followers and his band lived as pure "atheists" too :).




Stalin wrote poems in Georgian language. They are so good that were being published in local magazines. Few fragments sounds so (translation from Georgian to Russian language by L.Kotiukov (Л. Котюков), Newspaper "Duel" N10(101)1999-03-09. "Poet Josef Dzhugashvili" (Газета "Дуель", "Поет Иосиф Джугашвили" N 10(101) 1999-03-09. Б.М. Гунько)):



(...) In his burden and song
like the beam of the Sun,
lived great truth –
Divine dream.

(...) But people who forgot God,
with darkness in their hearts,
instead of wine served poison
to him in the cup.

And told to him: "Damn you!
Drink this cup to the bottom!...
And your song is alien for us,
and we don’t need your truth!"





Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva Stalin said (documentary "Mysteries of the Century: Kremlin Kids" ("Тайны века" - "Дети Кремля") 2003-03-19, 1 Channel 1 Russia), how Stalin told her that Christ existed.



Journalist: It is interesting, that from all Kremlin’ residents, maybe, just Stalin believed in God...



S.Alliluyeva: In fathers library, between other books, were few tomes of "Christ". It was history of Christ written by vox populist Morozov. I said to my father: "But Christ didn’t exist!" and he answered "Oh no, Christ, surely existed."





In other-bigger Interview to Russian magazine "Version" ("Версия") and second Russian TV channel RTR (1998) Svetlana spoke more about her father’s belief in God. She said, that later Stalin told her history of Christ. And she thinks that he was believer.



Stalin‘s wife Nadezhda maybe was an atheist, because she denied for nannies to talk about God with kids. But it was not big problem - by official version (maybe with God‘s help :) Nadezhda shoot herself in 1932. Maybe it is symbolic, that her name means "Hope" :). Stalin’s daughter said that after mother’s death Stalin lost everything human in him. We can conclude from this, that Stalin told about Christ to his daughter before year 1932. Other thing, Stalin told about Christ to his daughter after she showed interest in Stalin‘s personal library book from series "Christ".



At meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee in 1933-09-12 Stalin gave speech where he told not to destroy and but prevent churches. Fragment of his speech sounds so: "Central Committee considers that it is impossible to designing buildings with destruction of temples and churches, what we must treat like monuments of architecture by Old Russian heritage. Agencies of the Soviet authority and workers'-villagers' militia are obliged to take measures down to the disciplinary and party responsibility on protection of monuments of architecture by Old Russian heritage."







Under Stalin‘s insisting In 1939-11-11, Politburo of the Central Committee has admitted prosecutions of believers "inexpedient". In 1939-11-11 Stalin canceled Lenin's instruction from May, 1st, 1919 for N 13666-2 "About struggle against priests and religion" and gave orders to People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs (NKVD) to release from custody already arrested priests "if activity of these citizens didn’t harm the Soviet authority".




Lenin was an atheist and banned religion mostly because Church was rich and supported Monarchy-Tsar (Bible:NT:Ro:13:1 "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.") - was against parliamentarian government system and by that government was hanged his brother. Other thing, psychologist Giunter Cruse, who examined Vladimir Ulajnov’s (Lenin) genealogy tree, found that Lenin’s grandmother was burned on fire as which. Lenin has his reasons not to like Church. But even Lenin scraped with Stalin and tried to keep him from power until was alive because of Stalin’s cruelty. Vladimir Lenin was revolutionist. He destroyed monarchy, fought to make Russia Parliamentarian State. Even now 65% Russians think that Vladimir Lenin played a positive role in the history of their country. 26% percent think he played a negative role, and 9% have no opinion on the matter. Why Russians hated church, especially after war? Church was flirting with Nazi in World War Two (Pius XI signed friendly agreement with Mussolini in 1929 and with Hitler in 1934). Fascism was born with Mussolini in Italy (Vatican’s cradle). It is good that USSR government didn’t see pedophile scandals - situation could be worse (no talking about Inquisition ant Crusaders). So it is normal, that Russians revenged to all, who collaborated with Nazi and fascists.



Juri Solowjew (Stalin’s Personal Guard for 10 years) claimed that in World War Two Stalin went to small Kremlins Church. (French, Austrian, Germany and Russian documentary "Inside the Kremlin: In the Heart of Russia" by Thomas Schreiber (2005, NDR Television in cooperation with Channel 1 Russia). It could be between years 1939 and 1945.



In interview to newspaper "Area the Falcon" with the head of the "Temple of All Sacred" Michael Aleksandrovich Rodin told: "Joseph Vissarionovich comes during war in our temple to pray. And even today there are parishioners alive - a few very older persons which remember this fact and saw Stalin themselves. Stalin as tell, came to a temple three times and long faced to two icons - Nikolay Chudotvorets and Kazan Divine Mother. Joseph Vissarionovich has not stood all service, its visits last 15-20 minutes."




In 1942-1943 Stalin started to organze meetings with priests and incited to reopened Churches, seminaries, academies, publish religious magazines in "communistic speed" (as quick as possible) and promised full support. There are some documented speeches from these meetings:



M.I.Odincov "Russian patriarchs of XX century" year 1994, № 34 note of G.G.Karpov about Russian patriarchs welcome by J.V.Stalin 286 page (Одинцов М.И. "Русские патриархи ХХ века." 1994 год, № 34 записка Г.Г.Карпова о приеме И.В.Сталиным иерархов Русской Православной Церкви 286 стр.).



"Comrade Stalin told: "Well, as you want, this is your business and if you want theological class, begin with them, but the Government will not have objections and against opening seminaries and academies."



"Comrade Stalin has told, that the church can count on comprehensive support of the Government in all questions connected with its organizational strengthening and development inside of the USSR and that, as he spoke about the organization of spiritual educational institutions, not objecting to opening of seminaries in dioceses so there cannot be obstacles and to opening managements of candle factories at eparchial and other manufactures."



"Then, addressing to me, Stalin has told: "It is necessary to provide the right of the bishop to dispose church's sums (money). It is no need to do obstacles for the organization of seminaries, candle factories, etc."



English historian Simon Sebag Montefiore studied Stalin’s hobbies and personal library, what Stalin liked to read, what kind of marks he left in his books. He found that Stalin liked to quote long quotes from the Bible. Stalin left such mark about God in the book by Anatole France "Last pages. Dialogues under a rose. About God": "Don‘t know traces, don‘t see. There is no Him for them." ("Следов не знают, не видят. Его для них нет."). It seems that Stalin thought he knew God’s traces and saw God, not like others.



Stalin "denied categorically to prescribe atheistic literature to his personal library, fastidiously calling it ""antireligious waste-paper (junk)"". ("Secret life of Stalin : By materials of his books and archive : According to Stalinism" by Ilizarov.B.S. 2004)




Stalin "hated" religion so much, that in 1951-06-27 he gaved "Stalin’s Prize" to English clergyman Hewlett Johnson. Various prizes under Soviet authority received and other priests.



As for Stalin's "pure atheistic" funeral....

Speech of the most holy patriarch Moscow and all Russia Aleksii before requiem on I.V.Stalin, told in the patriarchal cathedral in day of Stalin's funeral (9.03.1953): "There is no more the great Leader of our people, Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin. Great, moral, public force was abolished: force in which our people felt own force, in which was supervised in the creative works and the enterprises, in which was consoled for many years. There is no area where the deep look of the great Leader would not get. People of a science were surprised by his deep scientific awareness in the diversified areas, by his ingenious scientific generalizations; militaries – by his military genius; people of the most various work invariable received from him strong support and valuable instructions. As ingenious person he opened that was invisible and inaccessible to ordinary mind in each business.



About his intense cares and feats during Great Domestic war, about his ingenious management of the military actions, which gave us a victory over the strong enemy and in general above fascism; about his many-sided immense daily works on management, on a management of state affairs - vastly and convincingly spoke and in a press, and, especially, at last farewell today, in day of his funeral, his the nearest co-workers. His name as the advocate of world peace, and his famous acts will live in centuries.



We, who gathered for a pray about him, cannot pass with silence of his always benevolent, sympathizing attitude to our church needs. Any question with which we to him addressed, has not been rejected by him; he satisfied all our requests. And a lot of kind and useful, owing to his high authority, it is made for our Church by our Government.



Memory of him for us unforgettable, and our Russian Orthodox Church, mourning over his leaving from us, escorting him to last way, "in a way of all word", with a hot pray.



In these sad for us days, from different directions of our Fatherland from bishops, clergy and believers, and from abroad from Heads and representatives of Churches as orthodox, and other-believers, I receive set of telegrams which are informing about prays about him and condoling with us on the occasion of this sad loss for us.



We prayed for him when the message about his heavy illness has come. And now, when there is no more him, we pray for the world of his immortal soul.



Yesterday our special delegation in structure of high ordained metropolitan Nikolay; the representative of the episcopate, clergy and believers of Siberia of archbishop of the Palladium; the representative of the episcopate, clergy and believers of Ukraine of archbishop Nikona and ??? Nikolay, has assigned a wreath to his coffin and has bowed on behalf of Russian Orthodox Church to his dear ashes.



The pray, fulfilled with Christian love, reaches the God. We believe, as our pray about deceased will be heard by the Lord. Both to our loved and unforgettable Joseph Vissarionovich we devoutly, with deep, passionate love proclaim eternal memory."




So, Stalin’s love to religion was not just right before his death, but started much earlier. Some people say, that Stalin reopened religion just because Hitler in Germany planed to attack Russia (therefore it is strange why Stalin didn’t believed, that Germany attacking USSR borders and argue that it is just propaganda by enemies right after invasion)... blah blah blah. Ok, maybe he told stories of Christ to his daughter Svetlana because he afraid Hitler too :)? But even if so... it seems, that Stalin understood power of religion and if you want to send people to death ant kill others... the best help for that purpose can provide... religion. When you know, that Heaven is waiting for you after death, you can die with smile on your face. For deserts to religion and recreation of church in Russia, some groups even started initiative to declare Stalin as saint.



Why Stalin was so cruel? Violent father, Church School and Priest’s Seminary formed his view to the World and how he can treat it. This had impact to his actions.



I.V.Stalin remembered: "From the protest against a humiliating regime and Jesuit methods which were in seminary, I was ready to become and really became the revolutionist, the supporter of Marxism (auth. notice: not(!) Atheism), as really revolutionary doctrine." – so we can thank for Stalin what he was to …Priest’s Seminary.




On one meeting later Stalin told that it is not enough to explain, how nature works, to prove that God does not exists. Maybe inside he felt the same:



"Sometimes some comrades consider peasants as philosophers-materialists, believing, that there it is enough to read lecture on natural sciences to convince the peasant in none existence of the God. They do not understand often, that the peasant looks at the God thriftily, i.e. the peasant sometimes not oppose to turn away from the god, but he is torn apart often with doubts: "and who knows it, maybe god really exists; therefore will be better suit both the communist, and the God that for it will be more reliable for a farm." (Meeting of secretaries of rural cells at Central Committee RKP(6)66, 1924-10-22, I.Stalin)



Stalin loved to invoke God in his speeches very often like:

"Afraid of God, Ignulov, and don‘t mix Marxist explanation of interaction with clerical explanation." ("Pravda" № 102,10 May 1923-05-29, Stalin I.V.)

Or

"It is not without reason told, that God takes brains from whom He dooms to die“. Speak on Confederate conference." (SPEECH ON V ALL-UNION CONFERENCE A-ULYCL45 1927-03-29, Stalin I.V.)



These Stalin's quotes shows, that religious education escorted Stalin all his life and influenced his later decisions. Of course, there were some Stalin‘s negative sentences about religion, as Martin Luther criticized it too, or doubts, as Mother Teresa had them too. But Stalin’s strong patronage of religion in secular society and historical facts, witness of his fellows, family members and priests does not make him the leader of all atheists. I don’t know many atheists who fought so hard for resurrection of religion and even went to church to pray as Stalin did. I couldn’t imagine Richard Dawkins acting this way in the name of atheism :).

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger Fritley Frisp said...

Good article. It's strange when people are quick to jump on those who committ atrocities in the name of God but shirk responsibility when an atheistic worldview leads to evil.

 
At 1:52 AM, Blogger Dan said...

I see that my prior comment (Peace by Jesus) hit a nerve, which moved an atheist to take up vast potions of this page evidently cut and pasting his "proofs" that the God of Christianity is to blame for Stalin's atrocities. In the militant atheist's mind, God cannot be the cause behind the effect of Creation, but only for what free willed creatures do in clear disobedience to His good laws.

My first response is one of amazement, that while atheists promote themselves as the more "reason-able," objective persons, and call themselves "brites," they insist upon defining Christianity by it's most distorted forms, and often derive "interpretations" from the Bible that make aberrant groups look sound.

In respect to the charge that Christianity is to blame for Stalinist atrocities, the contrasting fact is that historically, Christian groups for whom the Bible is the sole ultimate spiritual and moral authority, by which all doctrine must be proved, (versus Romanism etc, with it's autocratic leaders), overwhelmingly go in the direction of complete pacifism rather than subduing enemies of the faith by the sword. For in actuality there simply is no case for religious violence under the New Covenant instituted by Christ's death (Lk. 22:20; Heb 9:16, 17). Nor for seeking the civil authorities to punish souls for theological sins, which is the churches responsibility, and in which serious infractions were dealt with by spititual means (Acts 5:1-0; 1 Cor. 5).

Consistency with this Bible doctrine is a mark of a true Christian church, as the definition of what constitutes Christianity has only one authoritative source, the Bible, in which the title Christian is first found (Acts 11:26) and it's faith substantiated and manifest. And while i am not contending the Christians cannot allow a limited amount of disagreement in peripheral issues, yet as pertains to the subject of this post,there simply is no warrant for either things like Rome's Inquisitions or Stalin's political murders of millions. By what could the latter be justified? By the objectively baseless moral reasoning of atheism, which allowed him to do what was pragmatically "reasonable" in his sight. Stalin followed well the word of his early atheist mentor Lenin,
“There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.”

Despite the obvious, you ask for proof of Stalin's atheism, as if the man who said,

The man who said, "You know, they are fooling us, there is no God... all this talk about God is sheer nonsense." (E. Yaroslavsky, Landmarks in the Life of Stalin), was anything but.

“Ivan the Terribe would execute someone and then spend a long time repenting and praying. God got in his way in this matter. He ought to have been still more decisive!” ~ Stalinhttp://www.randomhouse.co.uk/features/harris/stalin.html

Under Stalin continuous persecution in the 1930s resulted in the near-extinction of the Orthodox church: "by 1939, active parishes numbered in the low hundreds (down from 54,000 in 1917), many churches had been leveled, and tens of thousands of priests, monks and nuns were persecuted and killed. Over 100,000 were shot during the purges of 1937–1938.[51][52] During World War II, the Church was allowed a revival as a patriotic organization, after the NKVD had recruited the new metropolitan, the first after the revolution, as a secret agent. ... Just days before Stalin's death, certain religious sects were outlawed and persecuted.

Many religions popular in the ethnic regions of the Soviet Union including the Roman Catholic Church, Uniats, Baptists, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, etc. underwent ordeals similar to the Orthodox churches in other parts: thousands of monks were persecuted, and hundreds of churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, sacred monuments, monasteries and other religious buildings were razed."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Stalin#Religion

Your evidence of religiosity by Stalin is suspect, while his life and actions cannot be attributed to any valid Christian faith, but are easily justified by the moral compass of atheism, which can easily point "south," even easier than religions who likewise reject the Word of God and the Spirit of Christ.

As for your similar attempt to attribute the cruelties of atheistic Communism to the practice of communal life by the primitive church, the atheistic "briteness" is in darkness, not only in failing to see that the early church community of equal sharing was not mandated to necessarily be a lifelong organic one, and that giving was voluntary (2 Cor. 8, 9) - though Biblical covenants were to be kept - but also in failing to perceive that the problem with Communism was not it's ideal of a common brotherhood and sharing, but that of it's atheism, which prevented a Biblical type community of love and sharing, and instead best enabled Communisms ruthless oppression that followed. And unlike the Christian church, it was not motivated by love but by resentment and rebellion against God and absolute moral authority outside of their own, as atheism is today.

“Communism begins where atheism begins…” (Karl Marx)

“The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion” (Karl Marx)

“I wish to avenge myself against the One who rules above.” (Karl Marx)

“The hellish vapors rise and fill the brain, till I go mad and my heart is utterly changed. See this sword? The prince of darkness sold it to me.” (Karl Marx)

“With disdain I will throw my gauntlet full in the fact of the world and see the collapse of this pygmy giant. Then will I wander god-like and victorious through the ruins of the world. And giving my words an active force, I will feel equal to the Creator.” (Karl Marx)

“Atheism is the natural and inseparable part of Communism.” (attributed to Vladimir I. Lenin)

“Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.” (V.I. Lenin).

In contrast are the words of Christian Daniel Webster:

If religious books [based on the Bible] are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation. If truth be not diffused, error will be; If God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendancy, If the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will; If the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.

 
At 5:42 AM, Blogger Chris said...

I think you entirely missed the point of Mountain King. Certainly he/she never once made the "charge that Christianity is to blame." The author was merely trying to demonstrate that communism and Christianity were not in opposition to each other (He quoted numerous passages of the bible that seem to profess Communist ideology) and that Stalin himself came from a religious background and did not ALWAYS persecute Christians. No rational person can deny that what those communist regimes did is a terrible scar on the face of humanity, one of many scars on a battle worn face. Atrocities have been committed by people with almost every conceivable belief system, including Christianity.
The particular people you've illustrated in this series were bad people who happened to be Atheist. Just as there have been many bad people who happened to call themselves Christian, and even acted (FALSELY!) in the name of the Church. There is nothing inherent in the atheist belief system that leads to murder and genocide. There simply isn't a motive. Stalin's motive happened to be communism. He believed, as Marx did, the elite used religion as a way to pacify/oppress the proletariat. His attack on religion was all about class warfare. While Atheism and Communism are inexorably intertwined they are none the less separate and distinct. Even if it was true that all communists are atheist (It's not) not all Atheists are communist. You are using flawed logic. I for one am a "devout capitalist." As an Atheist I condemn these atrocities as much as you do. And if Mountain King did make the "charge that Christianity is to blame." he would be just as wrong as you are when you lay the blame on Atheism. The fact is we have nobody to blame but the people who committed those horrible crimes against humanity.
I really do worry that you think because I am an Atheist I want to slaughter priests, Christians, Jews, women, children, and little puppies. Your last paragraph scares the crap out of me. I am sure you would be equally distraught if I wrote something similar about burning all the religious books in every "hamlet" in an effort to eradicate religion. You need to tone down the rhetoric if you want to co-exist with Atheists in this country. Just because I am an Atheist does not make me a bad person, you even said in another blog you know several nice Atheists. The vast majority of Atheists are nice, moral people like me. And the same is true for Christians, Muslims, and Buddhists etc.
While I can not deny that I do not fear divine consequences for my actions, that is not cause to inflict harm on others. Just because I think I "can" do something doesn't mean I will. Certainly there are earthly consequences for my actions (jail, violence, ridicule) but that's not what motivates me either. I am a human, as you are. I feel compassion for my species, my fellow man. I am a father, a brother, a son and a husband to people I love very much just as I speculate you may be some/all of those things. I have been hurt and I have seen those close to me hurt. I NEVER want to intentionally inflict pain on my fellow human. I am equally sure that you, in addition to your fear of eternal damnation, are motivated by the same compassion I possess. Please do not believe that your particular belief system is the only way to be a moral human being.
I do not wish you to be Atheist so please do not wish me to be Christian. I am sure you would feel the same resentment I feel if someone tried to convert you to Atheism (maybe they have). We both have different "beliefs" about this world, and that's ok. I realize that I am making the same "leap of faith" by saying I do not believe in a god as you do when you say there is a god. There is no PROOF for either of our beliefs. You can not prove god and I can not disprove god. I have no problem with someone who tells me they believe in a god but I resent being told they believe in THE GOD and I will burn in hell because I don't.
I am an Atheist because I do not believe a book written by men over 2000 years ago, subject to interpretation/translation and pieced together from many scriptures some having been left out, is any reason to believe that Jesus existed and/or died for my "sins." It is not logical. You choose not to use logic but faith instead. And if I was willing to accept the bible as proof of a god then I would have to accept many many other religious texts as well. If I chose to believe your "strong gut feeling" I would have to believe the Muslim's as well. In fact I would have to accept EVERY religion because there is nothing that makes any one religion more credible than the other. Every religion, by definition, is impossible to prove/disprove. It is not possible that all religions are true because many are mutually exclusive (monotheism/polytheism). Even if I were willing to entertain the idea that one religion could be true and the rest false, I would NEVER know which was the true one. Any answer you give to the question of "why do you believe in your religion" could be duplicated by a person in any other religion. I concluded that since they can't all be true they are all probably false.
Nor should it be a surprise that no religion can fully describe that which is indescribable. If god does exist he/she/it is so far beyond the comprehension of man, no religion (a product of man) could hope to fully understand god's omnipotent nature. So there may be a god, I can not deny that. But I feel pretty confident that there isn't a religion in the world that even comes close to describing what he/she/it truly is.
If I left it here I would be agnostic. But I took a "leap of faith" when I became an Atheist, the same one you took. I could go into great detail as to why I made that leap but it is essentially because there is no need to have a god to explain the world. Science has given us more answers than ANY religion ever has. Science has filled many gaps in our knowledge once filled by religion. Science is proven every time we use technology like our computers. But science is a process not a belief system. I do not "worship" science but I believe in its methodology. Science is the process of gaining knowledge about the world by hypothesizing and then performing falsifiable/repeatable tests to either prove or disprove the hypothesis. This process is repeated many time until a theory is formed. The crucial point is that at any time scientific theory can be disproven. God is not proven and certainly can not be tested/falsified. The "theory" of god has no foundation on "indisputable" fact and no application in this world. We do not not need god to explain the orbit of planets, or the theory of gravity. Even if he/she/it existed there are no measurable consequences and thus it matters not whether god exists. And Science also shows me that the simpler, less complicated theory is usually the correct one. If the existence of god is not required to explain the world then most likely there isn't a god. This is my BELIEF, founded in the scientific process which has yielded amazing results for our species over the centuries.
So I will admit I have no "proof" of my belief if you will admit the same. But I do not respect you any less just because we don't share the same beliefs, as I hope you respect my beliefs. So I promise to never want you or your children to be converted to my belief system if you promise the same. I promise to oppose ANY government agency/official declaring there is not a god if you oppose them saying there is a god. I promise to advocate that all religious people be protected by our constitution's civil rights if you advocate for the civil liberties of every man woman and child on this earth, including homosexuals (even though many many "Christians" wrongly believe it to be a sin.) In fact I will defend to the death your right to believe and say whatever you want, because I am an American and a Patriot. I believe in the constitution which guarantees the rights of Americans to think and say what they want, no matter how much you disagree, ESPECIALLY when you disagree. Remember, I am not just an Atheist. I am your neighbor, your co-worker and hopefully some day your friend.

 
At 12:18 PM, Blogger Peace by Jesus said...

"The particular people you've illustrated in this series were bad people who happened to be Atheist."

The point is their atheistic objectively baseless moral reasoning allowed them to do whatever was murderously pragmatically reasonable in their sight, which in contrast New Testament faith in Christ never did.

"There is nothing inherent in the atheist belief system that leads to murder and genocide. "

There is no assurance that it will not, as atheism lacks a proven transcendent moral authority, and thus relies upon whatever the atheists judges is right according to his own reasoning, and which "Golden Compass" can easily point south, even more easily than other destructive beliefs systems can.

"Stalin's... attack on religion was all about class warfare."

Whether that was a means to exalt himself, or an idealogical ideal, it was consistent with the atheistic basis for morality, "every man [doing] whatsoever is right in his own eyes" (Deu 12:8).

This is not to say at all that all atheists are murderers, or that they cannot overall be relatively moral persons, but outside of the testimony of your present character, you or history can offer no assurance that atheism will not end up doing something similar to Mao, etc. nor can Rome assure us it will no longer implement it's Inquisitions as long as she exalts herself above the Bible, which is a characteristic of cults.

"Even if it was true that all communists are atheist (It's not) not all Atheists are communist. You are using flawed logic."

I did not say that all atheists must be Communists, but as "atheism is an inseparable part of Communism” (Lenin), it is impossible for a Christian to be a Marxist Communist if acting consist with the Bible, and all such Communists must act as atheists in practical faith.

"Your last paragraph scares the crap out of me. I am sure you would be equally distraught if I wrote something similar about burning all the religious books in every "hamlet" in an effort to eradicate religion.

Webster said nothing about burning all opposing literature, but warned of the terrible consequences when the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature fills the land, which is happening and will come true.

"I am not just an Atheist. I am your neighbor, your co-worker and hopefully some day your friend."

We would have some good talks i think. .

 
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