I'm sure we've all dealt with theists debating with us that communist nations such as North Korea are atheist nations and in their view that atheism can be just as fundamentalist as religion.
But what is the reality here? Does communism and atheism have a connection? Or is the communism in North Korea promoted due to some other reason? Or do both sides really have their good and bad sides and we as a species generalise far too much?
Yes. I saw that. Disappointing.
I don't care if communist nations are atheist or not. Not accepting religious idiocy has nothing to do with advocating a communist political philosophy. The most atheistic societies today are in Scandanavia and Japan, and they have shown no proclivity towards communism. Communist countries have oppressed religion for their own nefarious ends, just as many Western nations have exploited religion for nefarious ends. I think the sane-thinking people of the world agree that modern social democracies that ensure human rights and balance economic freedom with regulation are the best idea we've come up with to promote human flourishing. This necessarily includes both the separation of church and state and the protection of religious freedom. It is better for atheists and theists alike.
is the communism in North Korea promoted due to some other reason?
North Korea is commonly associated with being bad. If North Korea were an Atheist bastian of rationality and reason, it wouldn't be mentioned at all imo.