This then helps to explain why I have some sympathy with the Bolshevik Revolutions attempt to do away with religion altogether. To Marx, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, and the rest of the gang, the religious impulse simply made no sense. Worse than that, religion helped to fortify class exploitation and undergird political absolutism in Russia. Worse than the Easter Bunny, whose principal activity of was helping children overcome a potential fear of the dentists, Christ was wondering around Russia confusing people about the real source of their poverty, illiteracy, and general backwardness and subservience. Ally of corrupt tsar, the atavistic aristocracy, and greedy bourgeoisie, the Russian Christ worked assiduously against the interests of ordinary workers and peasants. Paul Froese's book, The Plot to Kill God, explains the Bolshevik theory of religion, which shares some of the same assumptions of modern atheists, but takes them to their natural, or unnatural, extremes.
It's impossible to overstate the viciousness of the Bolshevik beef with religion. In the end, the Soviet response to the problem of religion was worse than the sickness, even by an atheist's standards. It depended on brutal force, assiduous propaganda, and totalitarian surveillance and terror. It cruelly assumed that people could no longer even be given the option to believe in Easter Bunnies.