I never understood the point of leaping from atheism to communism in these discussions. What does communism have to do with it?
Communists always impose atheism. Socialists would do this too but lack sufficient authority so they mainly nip at religion from the sides. While atheism itself is not leftist, atheistic advocacy usually is. People actively trying to bring down others and their culture in envy are leftists.
It’s something like; If we are not created, then we evolved. And not only do lifeforms evolve, social structures evolve’ and communism is at the top of the social structure food chain.
“I never understood the point of leaping from atheism to communism in these discussions. What does communism have to do with it?”
I never got that either. If anything atheist could be anywhere on the political chart. Look at Hitchens for instance: he believes in some green Ralph Nader like domestic policy and a neocon foreign policy.
you've obviously not read Marx, Engles, Lenin, or Mao.
Athiesm is fundamental to communism. If you believe in God, you recognise something greater than the 'state'. They understand well how much this undermines their alleged authority.
Those who believe in nothing will fall for anything.
There are several points of connect between atheism and communism.
There’s the obvious connection that communism is self-declared atheist.
And there are other points of connection.
But the most important point of connection in regard to this article about Crusading Atheists is that they are attacking the history of Christianity but they never ever mention or even notice the massacre-bloody history of communism, which they tend to support in one form or another.