1924: Antireligious Propaganda

Antireligious Propaganda

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Mikhail Cheremnykh: "Gesundheit!" (1923)

This poster from a 1923 issue of THE GODLESS showed how grossly offensive the antireligious campaign could be.
Source:
 Bezbozhnik u stanka. Moscow: M.K.R.K.P.. 1923.

N. Kogout: Cleanliness is the Foundation of Good Health (1926)

Set in the Caucasus region; the mullah being swept away holds the Koran.
Source:
 Bezbozhnik u stanka. Moscow: M.K.R.K.P.. 1923.

Boris Ignatovich: Restorers (1928)

Workers dismantling an Orthodox church pause to read the latest issue of THE GODLESS.
Source:
 Grigori Chudakov, Olga Suslova, and Lilya Ukhtomskaya, eds.: Pioneers of Soviet photography. New York: Thames and Hudson. 1983.

The Holy Sacraments

1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.<BR>2. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.<BR>3. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.<BR>4. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they shall be filled.<BR>5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.<BR>6. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.<BR>7. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God.<BR>8. Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.<BR>9. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.<BR>10. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.<BR>[Matthew 5:3 to 5:12]
Source:
 Hoover Political Poster Database. 2007.

Religion is the Opiate of the People

He who lives and works in need his entire life is taught by religion to be meek and patient in this world, offering the comfort of hope for heavenly reward. And they who live on the labor of others are taught by religion to be charitable in this world, offering them a cheap justification for their whole exploiting existence.
Source:
 Hoover Political Poster Database. 2007.

Religion and Women

Selected passages from church teachings about the inferiority of women, with verses at the foot of the poster which conclude: -Woman! Go to the Soviets, to the factory committees, to the unions, listen to lectures, study, read newspapers, enroll in the workers faculties, the technical schools, colleges. Know: you're foolish to search the heavens. Remember: how did you live in the past? The working woman is a comrade, throw away your belief in the priests and god.-
Source:
 Hoover Political Poster Database. 2007.