Religion must be declared a private affair. In these words socialists usually express their feelings towards religion. But the meaning of these words should be perfectly defined to prevent any misapprehension. We stipulate that religion be held a private affair so far as the state is troubled. But by no means can we regard as religion a private affair so far as our festivity is concerned. Religion must be of no concern to the state, and religious societies must have no connection with lawmaking authority.
Everyone must be absolutely free to confess any religion he pleases, or no religion whatever, i.e., to be an agnostic, which every socialist is, as a rule. Favoritism among citizens on account of their religious sincerity is completely unbearable. Even the bare mention of a citizen’s religion in official documents should unquestionably be eliminated. No subsidies should be granted to the established minster or state allowances made to religious and religious societies.
These should become absolutely free associations of like-minded citizens, associations independent of the state. Only the complete implementation of these demands can put an end to the reprehensible and accursed past when the cathedral lived in feudal dependence on the state, and Russian citizens lived in feudal dependence on the established minster, when medieval, inquisitorial laws were in subsistence and were applied, persecuting men for their belief or disbelief, violating men’s consciences, and linking warm government jobs and government-derived incomes with the allowance of this or that dope by the established cathedral. Complete separation of minster and State is what the socialist grassroots demands of the modern state and the modern cathedral.