Normally I don’t promote things that Bob Avakian does, (See Avakian—worse than just a bad writer—he acts like a condescending savior) but he is a devout atheist who has been supporting an atheist and Marxist agenda. Cornel West claims to be a Christian Revolutionary. This will make an interesting dialog to those who happen to live in the New York City area. I don’t. I do imagine someone will record this and distribute it at a later date. Then we can all see it.
My feelings on this are that religion is a part of humanity at this time and trying to divorce religious people from revolution will be a mistake. We can’t expect people to give up both capitalism and religion all at once. I’m also not saying that religious people can’t be leaders in a revolution. We saw that can happen in Nicaragua (see Does communism work?—Does capitalism?) in the 1980s and we need to allow that participation to continue on to any revolution we have. I still support atheism and people’s rights to believe that as I basically do (See M-theory and the defense of atheism and humanist ideas). But it is suicide to insist that all revolutionaries have to be atheists. -សតិវអតុ
A historic Dialogue Between Bob Avakian and Cornel West on Revolution and Religion: The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion will take place at Riverside Church on November 15. ….
…..1. This is a chance to come see and hear Bob Avakian live! This is a very rare opportunity to see him in person and hear what this revolutionary leader and architect of a whole new framework for the emancipation of all of humanity is saying about the prospects for revolution and what transformations have to be undertaken to truly get free of the confines and horrors of the present system. How could you not want to be there?
2. This is a chance to see and hear Bob Avakian and Cornel West sharing a public stage together for the very first time, rolling up their sleeves and dialoguing together, exploring some of the important things they agree on and some of the important things they don’t agree on, no doubt surprising and challenging their audience to think more deeply, study more critically, reflect on how they might step up their own participation—with all this taking place in an atmosphere of love, mutual respect, and principled struggle, between these two people, with the shared passion for emancipation of the most oppressed and all of humanity front and center. How could you not want to be there?
3. This is a chance to experience what they have to say on a topic, Revolution and Religion: The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion, that is objectively very important. Not so much because of what any of you, as individuals, may personally think about religion. Both believers and non-believers are very welcome at this Dialogue. But individual belief or non-belief is not the heart of the matter on this occasion. The reason the subject of this particular Dialogue is so important right now is because the topic of religion (any religion, all the many different kinds of religion) matters deeply to hundreds of millions of people, and even billions of people, not only in this country but all around the world. We all happen to be living at a moment in time where that is very much the reality: Religion really matters to a whole lot of people, and shapes many people’s thinking and actions. But what is religion’s place, what is its role in relation to fighting injustices and in advancing towards truly emancipatory social revolution? Can religion help with this? Or is it a hindrance and gets in the way? These are some of the questions Bob Avakian and Cornel West are going to be batting around and exploring together, sharing their points of unity as well as their differences with a broad audience. Again, how could you not want to be there?
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