Via Robert Gehl:
For die-hard Socialists, there is no God.
Organized religion is a sham – a mechanism of control that the elites use to pacify and placate the common man.
Religion – to Socialists – is “irrational” and has no place in society.
Bernie Sanders – the Socialist candidate for President – won’t tell you this. But other Socialists will.
Sanders is Jewish – by birth at least. A Washington Post article describes how Bernie “drifted away from Jewish customs” as an adult. Now, he’s not a practicing anything. “I’m not actively involved with organized religion,” he said.
He claims he believes in God, but in that fuzzy way that most agnostics state: “I think everyone believes in God in their own ways,” he said. “To me, it means that all of us are connected, all of life is connected, and that we are all tied together.”
He doesn’t like to talk about religion, the article says. Well, of course he doesn’t. His stated political ideology shuns religion. Hates it.
Socialists hero – Karl Marx – famously called religion the “opiate of the masses,” and Democratic Socialists today still follow this mantra. On their own website, the Democratic Socialists of America – Bernie’s party – says religion “resists the universalizing drift of a socialist agenda.”
Marxism – and socialism – is all about materialism. “As such, it is relentlessly hostile to religion,” The Socialist Worker proclaims. (Yes, this is long. Socialists LOVE to ramble on and on.)
We must combat religion — that is the ABC of all materialism, and consequently of Marxism. But Marxism is not a materialism which has stopped at the ABC. Marxism goes further. It says: We must know how to combat religion, and in order to do so we must explain the source of faith and religion among the masses in a materialist way. The combating of religion cannot be confined to abstract ideological preaching, and it must not be reduced to such preaching. It must be linked up with the concrete practice of the class movement, which aims at eliminating the social roots of religion. Why does religion retain its hold on the backward sections of the town proletariat, on broad sections of the semi-proletariat, and on the mass of the peasantry? Because of the ignorance of the people, replies the bourgeois progressist, the radical or the bourgeois materialist. And so: “Down with religion and long live atheism; the dissemination of atheist views is our chief task!”
Publicly, Bernie might proclaim a belief in God – even a fondness for religion. That’s because their “propaganda” is hidden. Again, from the Socialist Worker:
“Social Democracy’s atheist propaganda must be subordinated to its basic task–the development of the class struggle of the exploited masses against the exploiters.”
So if – and it’s looking pretty possible now – Bernie should actually win the Democratic nomination for president, keep in mind Sanders wouldn’t be just the first “agnostic” candidate – he’d be the first who subscribes to a political ideology that actively works to wipe religion off the face of the map.