Religion: Christian Contraband

One result of treating religion as the opium of the people is that, like the dope traffic, it goes underground and thrives. A glimpse of this Russian underground was visible last week when Communist authorities announced a double haul netting several makers and pushers of religious objects, whose private manufacture is forbidden.

Haul No. 1 caught two oldsters who used a new Moskvich sedan to make the rounds of Moscow churches. One of them would dress in rags and rattle a tin cup at the church door while the other whipped out of the car's luggage compartment an assortment of crucifixes, icons,...

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