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.