I once heard a story about El Comandante Fidel Castro. This is how he indoctrinated young Cuban children.
His soldiers, named “milicianos’, would visit Cuban elementary schools. They would gather the children and ask them, “who of you believe in God?” Every little hand jettisoned to the air. “Who here loves ice cream?” . Even quicker than before, little arms shot up, giggles and wide eyes staring into soldiers’ faces.
“Well, close your eyes, bow your heads, and pray to God to bring you ice cream now!” Dutifully, little heads bowed down, as the children prayed in earnest.
“Now, open your eyes”, retorted a soldier. Of course, there was no ice cream.
“Now, pray to Fidel Castro, and ask him to bring you ice cream!” Little heads and hearts stooped once again. “Now open your eyes!” Every soldier held a sumptuous ice cream cone.