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Anonymous asked: What are your opinions on Russian Communism's destruction of churches to fulfill the Communist duties in removing "the opium of the people"?
I think that the “opium of the people” line has been very misunderstood by many people. It is certainly not the best line even in close proximity to that line. I much prefer, “Criticism of religion has plucked the flowers from the chain, not so that men and women may wear the chain without consolation but so that they may break the chain and cull the living flower.”
In short though this is a question I have been asked quite a few times and it is a fairly simple answer. They wanted to be able to take control of the hearts and minds of the people, they wanted to turn them in to obedient thought slaves for the cause, they wanted them not to question their authority and power. If that line of reasoning sounds familiar, it should, because it is also what is at the heart of religion. The Communists, more or less, had to do away with the competition.