Skip to comments.You Mean Hitler Wasn?t A Priest?
Posted on 01/21/2002 6:28:01 AM PST by VinnyTex
You Mean Hitler Wasn?t A Priest?
Dave Shiflett is coauthor of Christianity on Trial .
shocking story has been revealed: Adolf Hitler was not a Christian after all. Instead, he hoped to destroy Christianity. This news flash comes courtesy of a group of students at Rutgers University School of Law at Camden, who have posted papers on a website detailing Hitler's desire to eradicate Christianity. The documents are from the archives of Gen. William J. Donovan and were originally prepared for the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, so we can safely assume they are authentic.
To be sure, Hitler's antagonism toward Christianity will not be news to everyone. That its central figure hails from a Jewish family did not set well with him, and its teachings of universal love ran contrary to his violent precepts. Yet one could easily get the impression, these days, that Hitler believed himself to be something of an altar boy on a mission for God.
The Rutgers project's editor, for example, seems to have been taken a bit by surprise. Julie Seltzer Mandel told the Philadelphia Enquirer that "When people think about the Holocaust, they think about the crimes against Jews, but here's a different perspective." The Nazis, she says, "wanted to eliminate the Jews altogether, but they were also looking to eliminate Christianity."
That film was altered after protests by, among others, conservative Jewish writers. But the same message crops up elsewhere. Soon after the September 11 attacks, a spokeswoman for the Freedom From Religion organization pronounced Hitler a Catholic. In 1999, Maureen Dowd included Hitler as yet another Christian zealot. According to Dowd, "History teaches that when religion is injected into politics ? the Crusades, Henry VIII, Salem, Father Coughlin, Hitler, Kosovo ? disaster follows."
Hitler was indeed a baptized Catholic, but his rejection of the faith was profound. "My pedagogy is strict," he once explained. "I want a powerful, masterly, cruel and fearless youth... There must be nothing weak or tender about them. The freedom and dignity of the wild beast must shine from their eyes... That is how I will root out a thousand years of human domestication."
That domestication, of course, was in large part due to the influence of Christianity. Hitler was blunter still on other occasions. "It is through the peasantry that we shall really be able to destroy Christianity," he said in 1933, "because there is in them a true religion rooted in nature and blood." His countrymen would have to choose: "One is either a Christian or a German. You can't be both."
That promise was to come true in a frightful number of cases. Polish Christians felt the full force of the persecution, as historian John Morley reminds us. "In Poland, both Jews and Christians were objects of Nazi oppression and manipulation." The clergy were a chief target: "In West Prussia, out of 690 parish priests, at least two-thirds were arrested, and the remainder escaped only by fleeing from their parishes. After a month's imprisonment, no less than 214 of these priests were executed... by the end of 1940 only twenty priests were left in their parishes ? about three percent of the number of parish priests in the pre-war era." The toll of murdered Polish priests would rise into the thousands; their Protestant counterparts (though a much smaller group) fared no better, with many members of the clergy perishing in the camps.
None of which is to suggest that Christians were uniformly opposed to Hitler, or that some did not actually embrace the Reich. The lesson from Rutgers, however, is that Hitler was no altar boy, acting on behalf of the Christian faith. Indeed, his hope was to be its undertaker ? which was another of his profound miscalcul
In the meantime, this is a primary reason the Church did not excommunicate Hitler. You can't exactly excommunicate anything less than a practicing and otherwise "faithful" Catholic.
To a certain degree, Christianity relies on something akin to altruism, but with a God centered and a God accountable focus.
See The Ominous Parallels by Leonard Peikoff for reference.
It should'nt, because this notion is set forth in every leftist campus in the nation and is taught to young malleable minds. Liberal professors equate patriotism and Christianity with NAZI's, WWII, and the Holocaust. Its historical revisionism in the most evil form.
A couple of years ago when I took a class on the Holocaust (Which should have been renamed "The Holocaust Industry: How to get reparations from anyone because everyone is complicit") I once heard some little mind full of mush equate then Governor Bush and the death penalty with Hitler and the gas chambers during a class discussion. I quickly stomped her nonsense out with a bunch of facts and dropped the class the next day.
Praying for GW and the Truth
I was once purged out of a woman's history class at KU for wanting to write a paper about Margaret Thatcher, I kid you not. Unfortunately there are only a handful of open minded professors on each campus and I chose to either play the little game or stick with the professors who did not treat their classrooms like indoctrination centers.
It is. They actually follow their own rules. They actually understand the term excommunication. They don't bother kicking people out of the Church who have already left.
Its also very illuminating about you. You hate the Church so much you don't care how silly your arguments are. You just want to slam Catholics and the Catholic Church.
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