Originally Posted by SkinWalker
But the thing that Stalin has in common with the ruthless murderers and amoral religionists in history who have used religion to "evil" ends is ideology. Religion is an ideology. Stalin's version of communism was an ideology. Indeed, Marx would not have approved of Stalin one bit since Stalin's ideology was the very epitome of the hegemony that Marx argued that the peasant class needed to overcome.
I'd argue that Stalin's communism was less atheistic and more centered on the cult of personality that proclaimed his infallibility.