Like many conservatives, I get annoyed at the free pass that the Soviet Union often gets in the history of 20th century tyranny. Students think nothing of having a poster of Stalin on their walls. And as I have blogged before, Stalinist academics somehow become national treasures. A decade ago, a woman who delivered our nuclear secrets to the Kremlin was let off on the grounds she was getting on a bit.
So, it is good to note that people are still trying to put the record straight. In particular, work is ongoing on a new film about the persecution of people of faith in the USSR. The atheism of the communist system is an embarrassment for modern secularists which they deal with in various ways. But most commonly, they just ignore it. It is unlikely that atheism per se made the USSR even more murderous than it would have been anyway. But there is little doubt that it did lead the communists to persecute believers simple because they were believers in a way that is little appreciated today.
The film is called Martyred in the USSR and if you think it is a worthwhile project, you can find more details here (note the film sampler is pretty gruesome).
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