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Post 01 Sep 2010, 01:34
In the ussr and other socialist countries dose the government own churches and other places of worship ?
Post 02 Sep 2010, 02:14
The USSR did not own the churches, but regulated which churches could remain open, and the activities of those that were. This article should tell you pretty much everything you need to know about religion in the USSR.
Post 02 Sep 2010, 04:47
They didn't even allow the church to exist once the Bolsheviks took over. I think it was during the war when Stalin allowed them to come back so the people could use it for hope or something.
Post 02 Sep 2010, 11:53
They didn't even allow the church to exist once the Bolsheviks took over

From what i know,church underwent (more or less strong) oppression,but it still continued to exist.
Post 03 Sep 2010, 22:58
I thought Lenin destroyed churches and banned religion in the USSR.
Post 04 Sep 2010, 03:50
He banned Christmas, not religion overall. A lot of churches were destroyed in his era. Stalin reversed this. Probably more for pragmatic reasons rather than a disagreement with Lenin, but he ended up doing the right thing, imo.
Post 27 Oct 2010, 13:04
in the DPRK the churches are owned by the government and the priests are party members. Brainwashing much :P
Post 27 Oct 2010, 16:05
I thought Christianity was outlawed in North Korea.
Post 27 Oct 2010, 16:17
Whenever two pieces of information we get from bourgeois media conflict, it means that both have lost credibility, guys. Congratulations for discovering that North Korea might not be that terrible.
Post 27 Oct 2010, 16:20
Red Brigade wrote:
I thought Christianity was outlawed in North Korea.

Not exactly. I have heard that it is viewed with suspicion, and outside of officially-sanctioned churches, there are few real places of worship. It doesn't mean that people can't do it in their homes, though, and I don't even know if the lack of churches means that the government is actively suppressing religion or just that they don't care and think there are better allocations of resources than to build massive cathedrals for beliefs that are not fully relevant to the DPRK and socialism.

From a BBC News article in 2002 (

North Korea's constitution grants freedom of religious belief, but also states that no-one should use religion as a means to drag in foreign powers or to destroy the state or social order.

Three churches operate in Pyongyang - but human rights groups say that outside officially sanctioned churches, North Korean Christians can face harsh penalties.

There are about 12,000 practising Christians in North Korea, and those who cannot come to church are able to worship in small groups in homes.

Wikipedia also says that there is one Catholic church in Pyongyang, two Protestant ones, and in 2006, a Russian Orthodox church was added.
Post 17 Dec 2010, 14:58
Churches were legal and to believe in religion was not banned. Do not believe western propoganda about it. All my fiancees family were baptised in the USSR befor Gorbachov. Also there are loads of so called Russian Orthodox christians in the Russian movemnet at the moment. Its nuts!
They tell me that Lenin and Stalin were sent by god as members of the true faith?!?!
Post 19 Dec 2010, 21:54
The Society of the Godless closed down church and converted them to 'atheism museums' or grain silos but the state was reluctant to close churches after the 1930s because it would've alienated the religious masses.
Post 20 Dec 2010, 11:22
Here is a state-owned church in North Korea: ... gsu-church

In Pyongyang there is an orthodox church which was financed by the Russian government.
Post 25 Dec 2010, 11:26
IN my opinion, banning religion and destroying places of worship was one of the greatest mistakes ever made by many Communist governments in the past.
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