Marx's View of Religion as an Ideology

What is religion to Marx?
A belief system that distorts peoples perceptions of reality in ways that serve the interests of the ruling class
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What are the ruling class in charge of and what do they control?
In charge of economic production+control the distribution of ideas in society through institutions, such as the church, religion and the media
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What does religion operate as?
An ideological weapon that is used by the r/c to justify+legitimise the suffering of the poor
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What does religion mislead the poor into believing?
That their suffering will be favoured in the afterlife
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What does the false consciousness prevent?
The poor from acting to change their situation
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What does Lenin say about religion?
That it is a spiritual gin that the r/c use to manipulate the masses and keep them from overthrowing the r/c
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What does religion legitimise?
power and privilege of r/c to make their position appear divinely ordained
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Disobedience is not just illegal but is...
sinful to God's authority
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What does the false consciousness prevent?

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