Canonize Joseph Stalin?

Joseph Stalin


In what seems to be a rather bizarre move, apparently there is a movement  a movement to have Joseph Stalin, the Great Depression and WWII era Soviet dictator and murderer, declared a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church (see Activist Speaks Out Against Russian Proposal To Canonize Stalin).

Religious icons bearing his likeness are being increasingly venerated by some small groups who claim to be affiliated with the Russian Orthodox.

Historians have estimated that between 10 and 20 million died because of his policies (and this does not include those killed in WWII related battles).

Of course, the Eastern Orthodox do not realize that Christians are not supposed to kill nor bow down to idols/icons.   But even still, common sense would suggest that the Russian Orthodox should realize that Joseph Stalin did not live his life as would be expected of a Christian saint.

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