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||[Aug. 27th, 2004|12:10 am]
Religious conviction and religious doctrine have contradictory effects in today's world. Some people are motivated by their religious beliefs to challenge oppressive social systems and oppressive relations in the world. At the same time, organized religion and much of religious doctrine is used to reinforce the oppression of the masses of people, to preach submission before the established authorities and their oppressive rule: As Lenin said, every reactionary order is in need of two functions, the hangman and the priest, and they go hand in hand and complement each other.|
So what stand should we take toward religion and religious believers of various kinds? We must seek unity, on whatever levels unity can be built, with all those whose religious conviction moves them to take a stand with the oppressed against the oppressors. On the other hand, we must firmly oppose those whose religious conviction moves them to side with the oppressors and act as apologists and enforcers of the reactionary order and its crimes. And we must reject religious doctrine--all religious doctrine--as such, for the basic reason that it is untrue. That is, we must reject its claim to be divinely revealed truth, for there is no such thing. Further, it is necessary and crucial to wage an ideological struggle, in many different forms, against religious ideas and notions, because these ideas and notions will keep us from going as far as we need to go--to the complete liberation of the masses of people, and ultimately humanity itself, all over the world.