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The relevant Marx quote
Posted by: Samuel Day Fassbinder ( Citizens for Mustard Greens, USA ) on January 16, 19100 at 15:41:33:
In Reply to: I was going easy on the RCC posted by MDG on January 14, 19100 at 11:09:55:
: : "Communism is more than Marxism, my friend, just as Catholciism is mroe than the Roman Curia....Both Catholics and Communists have committed great crimes, but at least they have not stood by like an established society, and been silent. I would rather have blood on my hands than water like Pilate."
: Graham Greene shoulda been the Pope.
Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopedia, its logic in popular form, its spiritualistic point d'honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and the general ground for the consummation and justification of this world. It is the ghostly realization of the human essence, ghostly because the human essence possesses no true reality. The struggle against religion is therefore indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.
Religious suffering is at once the expression of real suffering and the protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of spiritless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
Karl Marx, from the "Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right"