Originally Posted by Spider AL
That's a nonsense. The government takes the PLACE of a mythical deity in communism, that doesn't mean that the government is a mythical deity. The old phrase "the party is god" is a metaphorical phrase, not a literal one.
And therefore this too is a nonsense. The communists were not "religious nuts", they were political hyper-zealots.
If you want to be politically-correct, yes, Communism being a religion is nonsense indeed. But this is only because they wanted to replace the heavenly god with an earthly one (Stalin, Lenin, Castro, Mao, etc.)
Many Communist regimes established cults of personality for their "dear leader", similar to how Christianity is a cult of personality for Jesus and Islam is a cult of personality for Mohammed.