Communist were/are material atheists.<quoted text>Same old nonsense. Communists weren't motivated by a lack of religion and religious people have been equally evil. The simple fact is that religion is irrelevant to morality altogether. We now know that people are the product of nature and nurture.
Just look at the nonsense posted on these boards by religionists and 'people of faith',(as I believe Lincoln describes himself). If they had their way Creationism would be taught in schools as if it were science. Where would undermining secularism in that way leave the USA? The UK has its problems too due to religionism and religious superstition.
Religion is divisive and based on superstitions. There is no more evidence of god(s) than of pixies. People should only believe anything to the extent the belief is justified by reason and evidence.
One might be entitled to one's beliefs, but they can affect one's attitude and affect outcomes...
Lack of religion didn't cause communism, or 'make it worse'. Communism or Stalin (unlike Nazism or Hitler) couldn't find a use for religion.
Atheists had the power to enforce atheism and we saw the results in East Germany.