Religion: Socialist Wedding

In their Marxist war against Christianity, East Germany's Communists try to abolish as many religious rites as possible, but they have found that even certified atheists have a hankering for ceremony. Result: an atheist liturgy in which the Communists have substituted "name-givings" for christenings, "youth dedications" for confirmations and "secular funeral orations" for religious burials. Latest addition: the "socialist wedding."

A typical socialist wedding took place in Leipzig last week. Time: 3 on Saturday afternoon. Place: Culture Room of the People's Owned Iron and Steel Works. On the stage sits the factory's string orchestra, in the audience a couple of...

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