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Imagine No Religion!

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature,
the heart of a heartless world,
and the soul of soulless conditions.
It is the opium of the people.”
-Karl Marx

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Megadreamer Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I completely respect Marx, Lenin, and other communist personalities...but the real goal of the socialism is to unite all of people, and by forbid the liberty of believe, you cannot unite everyone, because many of them believe to a religion. Furthermore, the communism (or revolutionary socialism if you want), exists for giving more power to the people (Dictatorship of the proletariat, that's why most of communist countries were called as "People's Republic" like China), and giving more power to the people is a liberty act, because it is thanks to the people that a State can work (economic development...). But forbid to believe to a religion, is a contradiction for the liberty, so for the socialism. Stalin noticed that after WWII, and for regaining more influence, he decided to legalize churches, Islam... (Well, I cannot consider that Stalin was really communist, because he institute a personal dictatorship : that's mean that there is one man who governs the State, and it is against of the Dictatorship of the proletariat.)
If you take the example of the socialist regime during the Paris Commune in 1871, the revolutionaries decided to create a secular Republic (it means that the State don't recognize any religions, so none favoritism, but it doesn't mean that the right for believe was forbidden...).
So, if you want to establish a real socialist regime, you must give to your people more liberties (by this decision, they will live in harmony under socialism), that's why the right to believe is like one of many symbol of liberty...
P.S : Islamic terrorists (by example) symbolize of what you are calling "opium", because they misunderstanding of what Islam symbolizes for real (it's a religion for bringing peace in the world), so the religion cannot be called as "opium", because it is a fraternity symbol between the believers, and the fraternity is one of socialism symbols...
Sorry for my bad English.
backup12051997 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
OBL as in the initial of person named Osama Bin Laden( try compare the use with CJ for Carl Johnson in Los Santos)
backup12051997 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
It is the opium of the people: saw that quote on wikipedia. I agree, though what I specify are the misuses and the damn extremist(yeah, including you OBL)
joeisbadass Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't MARXists from China and the Soviet Union take opium, and, while the history of religions isn't a perfect one, and while many religious regimes like the Spanish Inquisition and the Terrorists were awful, how exactly were communist regimes any better? Did the collectivists policies of Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong, and the Kim Family not cause mas starvations? Did these dictators not execute anyone and everyone they deemed to be a threat? And did these people not feel oppressed by said dictators and communists as much as many people may have felt oppressed under the church during medieval times? It's basically a case of Pick Your Poison, and you have one poison speaking out against another poison. I may be an agnostic, but I'd actually still choose religion over communism, because at least some good came out of religion to counterbalance the bad (Jesus, love for the earth, spirituality, the saints, the bodhisattvas, the spiritual masters, the shamans, etc.).
mikusingularity Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Imagine no religious extremism.
MyRepentance Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Imagine just snuffing out, no hope, why are we here? Why is good good, yet bad sucks so much? Why not be bad? Why is there bad and good?
Refixul Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Stalin was NOT a communist and he was NOT an atheist. He just replace God with himself!
Yerduh Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
I love this. Amazing job.
zeroing Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
A3DNazRigar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Student Digital Artist
But, as long as a man, religious or not, takes it to the extreme, something bad ALWAYS happens.

For example, atheist extremism includes Communism under Josef Stalin, who lets no freedom of anything except himself.

And religious extremism includes - Hitler.
backup12051997 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
I agree. everything that misuse and extreme will always have one big fucking commotion.
blahberry Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Hitler was a atheist.
A3DNazRigar Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I heard he was this a few months ago, in fact on religion he mostly flips flops on his stance... which is really scary... yet at the same time, makes sense. After all, he just wants the best way to scare his people and cause a frenzy while they adore him. Sickening, sad but too true to ignore.

Now that's all I'm gonna say, I hate discussing atheism vs theism on DA. Swore that off in 2010.
Incendary95 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009   Writer
im a marxist and im okay with religon, i think until ppl learn to deal with the fact that not eveyone is going to agree, we can stop droping bombs on ppl for stupid reasons like what ppl in the western and eastern hemipheres call god.
TheIronLion Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
Visual-Enhancement Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008   Interface Designer
Not sure id agree there, communism and especially soviet style communism became quite similar to a religion. It wasn't the lack of religion in communism that led to its ruin, but the overwhelming religious aspect that ruined the Soviets...

There is no case of a human civilization that did too much rational and logical inquiry and resulted in famine and poverty.
KoopaKoder Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Visual-Enhancement Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008   Interface Designer
apparently so. :o
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