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Another definition of religion

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Apr 16, 2013 at 22:08

There is one fundamental difference between communism and religions. Besides the definitions of religion that we find in academic books and papers, a religion is the thing that a grandmother teaches to her grandchildren before they are 5 years old or even sooner. I do not think any russian grandma tought communism to her children and I am quite sure that the teaching about Islam the only true religion certainly starts before a child turns five. Honestly, my lesson that there was nothing wrong in attaching symbols to God occurred way before I was 5. In this sense communism is not a religion and Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism etc are.

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