Not only was the Soviet Union the first atheist government to be established among nations, but it was the first government to be openly hostile to all religions alike. Writing about Lenin in his book Modern Times, historian Paul Johnson mused:
"[Lenin] made clear in his many writings (his letter to Gorky of 13 January 1913 is a striking example) that he had an intense personal dislike for anything religious. 'There can be nothing more abominable,' he wrote, 'than religion.' From the start, the state he created set up and maintains to this day an enormous academic propaganda machine against religion... The men he really feared and hated, and latter persecuted, were the saints. The purer the religion, the more dangerous. A devoted cleric, he argued, is far more influential than an egotistical and immoral one. The clergy most in need of suppression were not those committed to to the defense of exploitation but those who expressed their solidarity with the proletariat and the peasants. It was as though he recognized in the true man of God the same zeal and spirit which animated himself, and wished to expropriate it and enlist it in his own cause. No man personifies better the replacement of the religious impulse by the will to power. In an earlier age, he would surely have been a religious leader. With his extraordinary passion for force, he might have figured in Mohammed's legions. He was even closer perhaps to Jean Calvin, with his belief in organizational structure, his ability to create one and then dominate it utterly, his puritanism, his passionate self-righteousness, and above all his intolerance."
From Amazon: Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties by Paul Johnson
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