Why, when France, Britain and the USA have begun a war on the people of Africa under the guise of extending the "war on terror," are so many good comrades devoting their energies, and occupying precious columns of space in our paper, to attacking each others' beliefs, or lack of same?
When I was a very new Christian, and much concerned with possible contradictions between my lifelong communism and my new-found faith, I had the good fortune at the height of the anti-apartheid struggle to meet Reverend Cedric Mayson, at that time an executive member of the ANC.
He dismissed my question with a wave of his hand. "These controversies serve no purpose," he said. "They only aid our enemies. The important thing is unity in struggle."
"Unity," brothers, sisters, comrades. If I believe in God and you don't, surely that shouldn't stop us marching together and changing the world, whether we call our objective "the kingdom of heaven on earth" or "the withering away of the state!"