Who, not only accept the idea that religion is the opiate of the people, but have also put it into action through their politics?
Why it's the right wing of the GOP of course.
Bill Kristol (in the Times) and Karl Rove (on Fox News) know a lot about Marxism, so much that they glibly accused Barack Obama of making a Marxist remark. To wit, in his recent Times opinion Kristol characterized Obama's "bitterness" remarks as a virtual equivalent of Marx's credo which stated:
...in the original German in which Marx somehow always sounds better: “Die Religion ... ist das Opium des Volkes.”But the GOP guys know that communism has been defeated. So why bring up Marx? See these GOP guys don't really read Marx as a dangerous critic of the evils of capitalism.
These Right Wingers read the original works of Marxist analysis as a friendly recipe book, as a valuable user manual that instructs them on how to employ religion as the opiate of the people. (They also use guns, xenophobia, etc. in the same way.)
Marx taught the GOP how to use faith and God as great diversions, while they raid the treasury of the United States and amass the nation's capital in their own corporate and personal coffers.
Yes, the GOP administration has given loud lip service to religious groups and the Bush henchmen have resoundingly echoed each other's support for faith agendas.
Bush will even go out to the airport to pick up the Pope!
But in the end they delivered to their religious voter base next to nothing, only the opium rush of political exposure, a bunch of photo ops (=opiates) with the President.
Is it any wonder that when George Bush says he owes much of his political success to Karl, you really should ask him, do you mean Rove or Marx?