Religion: A Red Morality?

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the feelings of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of unspiritual conditions. It is the opium of the people. The people cannot be really happy until it has been deprived of illusory happiness by the abolition of religion.

So wrote Karl Marx 118 years ago. The Marxists duly abolished religion, and happiness reigned among the people. But in Communist Poland, and perhaps in Russia too, a dreadful question is beginning to be heard in the classrooms and corridors and the cafés where young people gather—a question with dangerous implications and unforeseeable...

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