Friday, October 06, 2006

Christianity Today?

This information was sent to me by a friend. I thought it worth sharing. For those of you who don't know, the above photo is a Nazi belt buckle which reads "God with us."

"The national government will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation rests. It will offer strong protection to Christianity as the very basis of our collective morality. Today Christians stand at the head of our country. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit. We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press - in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during recent years." - Adolf Hitler
Source: The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, vol. 1 (London, 1942), 871-72.

The most famous Christian of the 20th century was Adolf Hitler.

Sure, we call Hitler infamous today. But before he started gobbling up European countries like they were little bratwurst sausages, Hitler was famous as a world leader with high moral values and a distinctly Christian vision.

In fact, no present politician has more blatantly declared his Christianity than Hitler, or has had his faith so widely accepted. Millions of Christians around the world admired the savvy tyrant; a couple of his more recognizable fans included Britain’s Lloyd George and that all-American idol of idols, Charles Lindbergh. The most appealing of Hitler’s “Christian” attributes included:

•His morality. He did not smoke or drink and he abhorred pornography and homosexuality.

•His call for his nation to repent. “Providence withdrew its protection and our people fell… And in this hour we sink to our knees and beseech our almighty God that He may bless us, that He may give us the strength to carry on the struggle for the freedom, the future, the honor, and the peace of our people. So help us God.” (March 1936)

*His stand against secularism: “Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without religious foundation is built on air; consequently all character training and religion must be derived from faith….” (April 1933)

*His war on atheism: “We were convinced that the people need and require [the Christian] faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out.” (October 1933)

*His blending of church and state: “National Socialism neither opposes the Church nor is it anti-religious, but on the contrary it stands on the ground of a real Christianity… For their interests cannot fail to coincide with ours alike in our fight against the symptoms of degeneracy in the world of today, in our fight against a Bolshevist culture, against atheistic movement, against criminality, and in our struggle for a consciousness of a community in our national life…These are Christian principles!” (August 1934)

•His faith-based charity: “With a tenth of our budget for religion, we would thus have a Church devoted to the State and of unshakable loyalty.” (January 1939)

•His God-given mission to cleanse Germany of evil as personified by the Jews, liberals, homosexuals, labor leaders, homeless people, immigrants from inferior cultures, and the weak and sick. “Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” And, “We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit… We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press—in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess…” (March 1936)

•His patriotism and the belief that his nation’s weakness was because “...the watchword of German foreign policy ceased to be: preservation of the German nation by all methods; but rather: preservation of world peace by all means.”

•His condemnation of others who sought to use religion for personal gain. “Worst of all, however, is the devastation wrought by the misuse of religious conviction for political ends. In truth, we cannot sharply enough attack those wretched crooks who would like to make religion an implement to perform political or rather business services
for them. These insolent liars, it is true, proclaim their creed in a stentorian voice to the whole world for other sinners to hear; but their intention is not, if necessary, to die for it, but to live better.”

•His vow to end terrorism: “…we must not dodge this struggle, but prepare for it, and for this reason acquire armament which alone offers protection against violence. Terror is not broken by the mind, but by terror.”

•His devotion to the Ten Commandments, which he proclaimed the foundation of Nazi Germany: “The Ten Commandments are a code of living to which there’s no refutation. These precepts correspond to irrefutable needs of the human soul.”

Historians seem to have done their best to silence or suppress the outspoken Christianity of Hitler and the Third Reich. Why is this? It seems to me that there are many yet today who will follow any politician who "boldly" proclaims his Christian faith, ready to turn a deaf ear to any lies he may tell and a blind eye to whatever atrocities he may commit in the name of God, Christ and Country. Think about it.


Constantine said...

Your example (along with most that is the Middle Eastern world, i.e. Taliban) is exactly why government should be a secular exercise without the "supposed" benefit of religion. (This doesn't mean a government can wash its hands of moral and ethical responsibility though.) Jefferson had it right, very right!--"separation of church and state." When you mix the two, bad, ugly, and nasty things often come of it.

Theocratic leanings in any direction are dangerous. In our own country, the looney-bin religious right would have you think and believe we should have prayer in schools of all things. Private schools, if so desired, absolutely. Public, never! The first time someone spewed out a prayer chant to Allah or shot one up the chain to the Virgin Mary, then I'd bet my bottom dollar that all of a sudden prayer in schools would be not seen as such a fancy idea after all to these religious zealots.

Michael Westmoreland-White said...

Thanks for posting this. My reading is that Hitler didn't generally care about Christianity (he was into the occult and, during WWII, tried to revive Germanic paganism), but was just out to seduce the churches into support. But, that's exactly the same view I have of Bush and most "Christian" politicians in the U.S.

Church/State separation is a must.

Dan Trabue said...

Great info. Thanks, ange.

jazztheo said...

i know that this is not your topic, but being a resident of Illinois, what's your take on Obama?


voixdange said...

I hate to admit this, jazztheo, but I have been so busy with school I haven't kept up with his recent activities. I know that he made some decisions in the beginning of his term that disappointed some of his supporters, but I think that overall people are satisfied with him.