Faith was among the first things to be banned when the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917. Some of the most beautiful churches in the world were leveled or became warehouses. According to the communists, religion maintains the status quo and hinders the proletariat from achieving earthly utopia. My old friends probably believe something similar, even if they wouldn’t put it that way.

That is the crux of the political division between left and right. The former believe, despite eons of evidence to the contrary, that mankind and its systems are perfectible while the latter understand mankind’s innate fallibility: that the more one attempts to engineer and perfect the behavior of others, the more chaos results, which is usually where God comes in. Or, as T.S. Eliot once observed: ‘They constantly try to escape/ From the darkness outside and within/ By dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.’

America’s Marxists are also proud of their hatred for God. This summer, antifa and BLM rioters in Portland have not only been burning the American flag, but Bibles as well. At the end of May, rioters set fire to the historic St John’s Episcopal Church in Washington DC and returned to vandalize the ‘church of presidents’ the following month. They again congregated outside St John’s to riot following the Republican National Convention in August. St Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan was desecrated during Black Lives Matter riots over the summer. Black Lives Matter openly seeks to dismantle the Biblical definition of family and by all accounts champions homosexuality and transgenderism over everyday black lives. If religion is opium, Marxism is crystal meth.