Monday, June 4, 2012

Adolph Hitler: Christian or Atheist?


Many great atrocities can be attributed to Christianity: The Spanish inquisition, the crusades, the witch burning (hangings, actually), the witch trials, and the holocaust of Jews by Nazis. Most Christians will acknowledge all of the aforementioned except for the last one. A common myth is that Hitler was an atheist. I am going the disprove that right now.


Hitler's Christianity:

Hitler wrote Mein Kampf and delivered many public speeches. Here are a few of them:

“We are a people of different faiths, but we are one. Which faith conquers the other is not the question; rather, the question is whether Christianity stands or falls.... We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity... in fact our movement is Christian. We are filled with a desire for Catholics and Protestants to discover one another in the deep distress of our own people.” -Adolf Hitler, 27 October 1928

Hitler clearly expresses and declares intolerance towards those who criticize Christianity. Remember that quote comes from 1928; his fanaticism is still incubating.

“The fact that the Vatican is concluding a treaty with the new Germany means the acknowledgement of the National Socialist state by the Catholic Church. This treaty shows the whole world clearly and unequivocally that the assertion that National Socialism [Nazism] is hostile to religion is a lie.” -Adolf Hitler, 22 July 1933

Look at the above quote and consider that fact that the Vatican has banned "To Kill A Mockingbird", the Harry Potter series (LMFAO!), and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" but has still, to this day, not banned the book Mein Kampf. Telling, isn't it?

“We were convinced that the people needs and requires this 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.” -Adolf Hitler, 24 October 1933

The last quote clearly shows Hitler's hatred for atheism and that he saw atheism as a threat. So, can one still maintain the belief that Hitler was an atheist instead of a Christian?


The soldier's Christianity:

Now, one may argue that Hitler was only feigning Christianity in order to convince the Nazi soldiers to commit atrocities. This, however, does not flatter Christianity. First of all, the Nazi soldiers were either Catholic or Lutheran and they carried out Hitler's orders. Secondly. Appealing to Christianity as a means of carrying out a genocide simply implies that the Nazi's Christian beliefs were compatible with that genocide. 

Gott mit uns (God is with us.) on every Nazi belt buckle.


Anti-semitism:

What quarrel would an atheist have with specifically Jews? I can not imagine one but I can imagine what a Christian would have against them. Jews are supposed to have killed Jesus Christ, their lord and savior. As a result, many Christians have abhorred Jews throughout their history. This notion is supported by a quote from Hitler.

"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." -Mein kampf

Hitler admired Martin Luther, the former Catholic monk who was ex-communicated, founded the Lutheran church, and started the Protestant reformation movement (a very quick briefing). Luther was an anti-semite who once stated, "The Jews deserve to be hanged on gallows, seven times higher than ordinary thieves," and "We ought to take revenge on the Jews and kill them."

It's easy to see how Hitler's anti-semitism was reinforced by Martin Luther.

"...the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew." -Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 11.

“The Catholic Church considered the Jews pestilent for fifteen hundred years, put them in ghettos, etc, because it recognized the Jews for what they were... I recognize the representatives of this race as pestilent for the state and for the church and perhaps I am thereby doing Christianity a great service by pushing them out of schools and public functions.” -Adolf Hitler, 26 April 1933


Conclusion:

Hitler was not an atheist. The atrocities of Hitler and the Nazis were justified by a Christian doctrine, not a lack thereof.

Furthermore, some Christians who say that Hitler was an atheist know very well that he was not. It's simply too hard to claim the moral high-ground when you are carrying certain baggage so atheists are passed the blame and the burden. The current Pope, for example, was a Nazi but did not want to associate the Vatican with the Nazis so, in 2006, he publicly blamed the atheists for the holocaust.

I wrote this so that liars and frauds, like the Pope, can't make fools of their audience and demons of atheists.

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