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Reader’s comment: Religion and the Left don’t mix


In response to Laura Perrins: The flawed Leftie Gospel according to Timothy,

Robert wrote:

I see a fair few comments here have queried the ‘mixing/conflating’ of religion with politics. It is worth pointing out that those on the left of the political spectrum who know their Marx will say that, in the words of Marx himself:
‘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.’
For Marxists-cum-socialists religion is seen as a sort of ‘comfort blanket’ that hinders the oppressed from seeing the exploitative capitalist class structure that enslaves them. Whether this is true or not is beside the point. Many on the left see religion as ‘political’ because it is viewed as hampering the ‘class struggle’ and so on and so forth. Religion and the left of the political spectrum are not a happy mix.

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