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That the Name of God Should Be Forgotten
Acton Institute Blog ^ | 5/17/12 | John Couretas

Posted on 05/17/2012 8:15:44 PM PDT by marshmallow

The Russian Orthodox naval cathedral in Kronstadt, reconsecrated in April

From Interfax:

Moscow, May 15 — On Tuesday, there will be 80 years since the Soviet government issued a decree on “atheistic five-year plan.”

Stalin set a goal: the name of God should be forgotten on the territory of the whole country to May 1, 1937, the article posted by the Foma website says.

Over 5 million militant atheists were living in the country then. Anti-religious universities — special educational establishments for training people for decisive attack against religion — were organized.

According to the plan on religion liquidation, all churches and prayer houses should have been closed to 1932-1933, all religious traditions implanted by literature and family – to 1933-1934, it was planned that the country, and firstly, youth would be grasped by total anti-religious propaganda to 1934-1935, the last clerics were to be eliminated to 1935-1936, the very memory about God should have been disappeared from life to 1937.

However, census 1937 where a question about religion was included on Stalin’s instruction puzzled Bolsheviks: 84% of 30 million illiterate USSR citizens aged over 16 said they were believers, the same said 45% of 68.5 million literate citizens.

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1 posted on 05/17/2012 8:15:44 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Glad you posted this. I learned about history, and about the Acton Institute.


2 posted on 05/18/2012 6:23:08 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: marshmallow

“Every knee shall bend in heaven, on earth and under the earth at the mention of his name.”

(Paraphrasing here. Keep holy the name of Jesus Christ, Redeemer and Savior.


3 posted on 05/18/2012 4:18:47 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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4 posted on 05/18/2012 4:19:35 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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