Apostasy | Baptism | Dependence | Faith | Tradition

When Soviet leader Mikhail Gorachev and his wife, Raisa, were in Paris this past summer, newsmen inquired if they had ever been baptized Christians. It was a surprise-and-shock question that they had never been asked before in any public press conference. Gorbachev – ordinarily a fast man with a reply – paused for a moment, then answered: “Yes, I was baptized. I was christened, and I think this is quite normal.” Mrs. Gorbachev later followed with: “I too was baptized, but our daughter, Irina, was not. Those were different times.” Where and when they were baptized neither Gorbachev revealed, nor would they comment further on religion. Good Communists supposedly are agnostics or atheists who disclaim any knowledge…

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