I was on another board and I was called a communist because I’m an Atheist.
Something about Marxism, The Black Book of Communism and Foxes Book of Martyrs was brought up. I don’t know a lot about Communism. I didn’t study much about it other than learning which countries have it as a government. But I found the assumption to be offensive.
Stalin was trained for the priesthood. Trotsky expressed admiration for the Jesuits.
But there is a kernal of truth in the linkage: both widespread atheism, and Marxism, are products of the Enlightenment, that great opening of the human mind, when people began to apply reason to the world around them.
Marxism arises from the attempt to analyze and understand history and social evolution: where our society came from – as opposed to just assuming it as an eternal given. Atheism comes from the same impulse, applied to the physical universe. It’s really a relatively minor characteristic of the scientific approach to understanding how everything works.
So Atheism and Marxism are distant cousins. Another cousin is the concept of the limited-government, democratic republic.
Hmmm… Let’s seeeee… … I think for myself. I take full responsibility for my own actions. I refuse to bow to any man, woman, or organization, MUCH LESS to some imaginary Sky Dictator. I believe people should be allowed to worship as they choose, as long as they do not try to force their beliefs on me or others. I treat people with kindness and respect until given a reason not to, and I don’t give a fuck about their color, gender, or sexual preferences. I believe in being faithful to my wife, taking care of my family, and helping others when I am able. Soooo, hell… If that makes me a Commie Bastard, then somebody please fetch me a hammer and sickle.
IIRC, Marx viewed the question of whether or not gods exist as misguided and pointless since it’s just a distraction from concentrating on human welfare and development and agency; even considering the possibilities and probabilities of the query was a waste of attention that should be focused on the flourishing of individuals in community with one another.
So, one more strike against the “another board” detractors and their shoddy correlation.
Join the club, being vegan even makes you a communist. I’ve been asked a few times if I’m a California communist just because I don’t eat meat and don’t believe in god(s). Usually vegan is more communist than atheist around here though.
Whoa!.. Whoa-whoa-whoa!.. Hold up a sec… Did I read that correctly?.. You are a VEGAN?!? Oh-my-GOD! You mean I’ve been associating with a VEGAN this whole time? Shit! What the hell are all my friends gonna think about me now? I even told them you are a pretty cool guy! And you wait until NOW to let us know you are VEGAN?!? @David_Killens@Whitefire13 Dave! White! Isn’t there some sort of site rule making it mandatory for VEGANS to let us know about their affliction? If not, there should be! Can’t BELIEVE they actually allow VEGANS on here. Good GOD! I remember when this use to be a respectable site for godless heathens. Now I guess we allow ANYBODY up in here. A VEGAN, of all things… (shudder)… Uh, excuse me, but I feel the need for a shower… (running down hallway toward locker room)…
Well, YEAH…you EV drivin, keewishey eatin, alphabet people lovin, mamby pamby god-hatin commie city fuckers are ruinin my country…maybe if you just got your hands wrapped around the cold steel of an old Remington, well then maybe, just maybe ther might be some hope for you…