- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I commend Pope Benedict XVI for condemning communism and illustrating, during his visit to the Czech Republic, how systems that chase power and deny God are bound to collapse (“Pope addresses Czech throng,” Associated Press, World, Monday). The pope’s warning has special relevance to leftist and secular agendas of today.

Communist governments falsely present themselves as the authentic voice of the aspirations of the people. Under such systems, every affirmation of faith or theology is subordinated to a political criterion. In truth, atheism and the denial of the human person, as well as his liberty and his rights, are at the core of Marxist belief, which requires a total subordination of the individual to the collective. Communism ultimately subsumes the autonomous nature of all spheres of existence: religious, ethical, institutional and cultural.

In a democracy, it is the state that conforms to the society it serves - not the other way around.

PAUL KOKOSKI

Hamilton, Ontario

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