Over at Big Peace, Sun Tzu posted a Christmas Day interview with Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College who is also the author of DUPES: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century:
Big Peace: The communists didn’t like Christmas in particular.
Kengor: They despised it, like a vampire fleeing a cross. In Czechoslovakia, communists co-opted traditional Christmas carols and symbols and replaced them with things like red stars instead of the Star of Bethlehem. In Romania, Christmas trees were banned. In Dupes, I quote from the Soviet archives a December 25, 1919 edict from Lenin ordering that anyone caught taking off work that day for “Nikola” should be “taken out and shot.”
Big Peace: And these communists, who locked up and even executed Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, sang a different tune to liberal Christians?
Kengor: Yes. They cynically, contemptuously targeted the Religious Left. They knew that Religious Left Christians agreed with them on certain sympathies–workers rights, wealth redistribution. The communists exploited that trust, sometimes invoking the language of “social justice,” to enlist liberals in their petitions, marches.
Big Peace: Where did they have their best success?
Kengor: That’s easy. The mainline Protestant denominations: Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church USA, and Methodist Church.
Herb Romerstein, the veteran investigator of the communist movement, and himself an ex-communst, told me that communists found progressive pastors to be “the biggest suckers of them all.”
There’s much more and it’s eye-opening. Check it out, pass it on and think of Dr. Kengor the next time you’re sitting in the pews of a main line church hearing idiocy spewed from the pulpit.