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Communist, not always atheist

The Communist Party USA is reaching out to people of faith. “We want to reach out to religious people and communities, to find ways of improving our coalition work with them, and to welcome people of faith into the party,” wrote Tim Yeager, who heads the effort, in People’s Weekly World, the party newspaper. An Episcopalian, Yeager said a goal is to counter the public conception that atheism is a mainstay of communism.


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Michael Adam Reale

Michael Adam Reale

Posted at 1:29 pm (U.S. Eastern) 9/13/2009

I served on the Religious Commission of the CPUSA in 2004-2005 with its first meeting in De Moines Iowa and with a follow-up meeting at the Quadrennial Convention of the Communist Party USA at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL. I was blessed and fortunate to meet and work with other members of the Communist Party who come from a wide variety of faith backgrounds. All of whom shared a common vision of social justice, equality for all people, and for seeking ways to alleviate suffering among the poor. I am a member of the ELCA and am pleased to see this piece appear in The Lutheran.

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller

Posted at 8:02 pm (U.S. Eastern) 9/14/2009

Every country in the world which has embraced communism has failed or is failing.  It is a flawed theory and does not work in real life.  I'm surprised that the intelligent folks in the CPUSA do not recognize the real-world examples of communism's failure.

The fact that communist countries have found it necessary to deny God and forbid religion in an effort to make communism work should tell us something....

David Anhorn

David Anhorn

Posted at 12:37 pm (U.S. Eastern) 9/23/2009

Communism is directly responsible for the worldwide deaths of more than 600 Million people during the 20th century alone. I find it appalling that The Lutheran would suggest that religious people have anything in common with the goals of the CPUSA. The Nazis only killed 6 Million, so I assume you'd say the Amercian Nazi Party must be an even better group to join forces with. I hear they have a proposal for real efficient government run health plan!

Rhea Peterson

Rhea Peterson

Posted at 7:15 pm (U.S. Eastern) 9/29/2009

He wants to counter the public conception that atheism is a mainstay of communism?  The Lutheran is doing a good job of countering the public conception that Christianity is a mainstay of the ELCA.



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