Jennifer Kim’s Nov. 25 letter, “Core element of communism,” seeks to conflate communism, atheism and totalitarianism into one, indistinguishable ideology, and makes the inference that one must be religious to be a good person. This is nonsense to anyone with knowledge of religion, political theory or just basic history.

First, the idea that communism “has racked up a human rights record that is unparalleled in brutality, oppression and death” is flat-out false. Communism, like many ideologies, has been co-opted and perverted by opportunists. There is absolutely nothing in the writings of Marx that advocate the kinds of human rights abuses found in countries like the Soviet Union, North Korea or China.

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