This study analyzes how Enver Hoxha tried to abolish religions in Albania during the communist era. I argue that if atheism is not politicized and not exerted by force, its materialist damage is less. Yet, when atheization becomes a state policy and the government executes clergy, oppresses pious people, and destroys mosques and churches for the sake of atheism, irreligion then becomes a matter of state security. The study contends that when atheism is applied by force, atheist fundamentalism, which is no different than the religious version, emerges. Thus, irreligion becomes a threat to people’s lives and destroys society as in the case of Hoxha’s Albania. The study aims to shed light on the oppression stemming from adherence to non-belief.
"State-Sponsored Atheism: The Case of Albania during the Enver Hoxha Era,"
Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe: Vol. 40
, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/ree/vol40/iss6/8