Sunday, February 15, 2009

Was Hitler an Atheist

You be the judge.

In the 1920s, Hitler's German Workers' Party (pre Nazi term) adopted a "Programme" with twenty-five points (the Nazi version of a constitution). In point twenty-four, their intent clearly demonstrates, from the very beginning, their stand in favor of a "positive" Christianity:

24. We demand liberty for all religious denominations in the State, so far as they are not a danger to it and do not militate against the morality and moral sense of the German race. The Party, as such, stands for positive Christianity, but does not bind itself in the matter of creed to any particular confession. It combats the Jewish-materialist spirit within and without us, and is convinced that our nation can achieve permanent health from within only on the principle: the common interest before self-interest.

"My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders.

How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice... And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.

-Adolf Hitler, in a speech on 12 April 1922 (Norman H. Baynes, ed. The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1 of 2, pp. 19-20, Oxford University Press, 1942)

I had excellent opportunity to intoxicate myself with the solemn splendor of the brilliant church festivals. As was only natural, the abbot seemed to me, as the village priest had once seemed to my father, the highest and most desirable ideal.
-Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf)

"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."~ Adolf Hitler

Just as the Jew could once incite the mob of Jerusalem against Christ, so today he must succeed in inciting folk who have been duped into madness to attack those who, God's truth! seek to deal with this people in utter honesty and sincerity.
-Adolf Hitler, in Munich, 28 July 1922

People ask: is there someone fit to be our leader? Our task is not to search for that person. Either God will give him to us or he will not come. Our task is to shape the sword that he will need when he comes. Our task it to provide the leader with a nation which is ready for him when he comes! My fellow Germans, awaken! The new day is dawning!
-Adolf Hitler, 04 May 1923

God With Us

It matters not whether these weapons of ours are humane: if they gain us our freedom, they are justified before our conscience and before our God.
-Adolf Hitler, in Munich, 01 Aug. 1923

What say you?

Quotes taken from Hitler's Christianity.


Traceytreasure said...

What a great post!
Good work Fiery! You answered so many of my questions.


Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

I would say politicaly Christian and privately some sort of deist.

Anonymous said...

good article and great pictures.

I've added a link to this page on my "Hitler's Christianity" page (FAQ 2), hope you don't mind.

In answer to the question. No

Richard said...

Excellent summation Fiery, thanks!

Now, I want to do a bunch of shit-disturbing!!

Fiery's quote of Mein Kampf included this (bolding is, well, just rude emphasis :-o ):
"...our nation can achieve permanent health from within only on the principle: the common interest before self-interest."

The common morality of Xtians, socialists and communists is altruism: each holds that the moral high ground is service/sacrifice to others. Hitler repeated this idea hundreds of times.

Here is another quote from Mein Kampf:

"It is necessary that the individual should finally come to realize that his own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence of his nation... that above all the unity of a nation's spirit & will are worth far more than the freedom & will of an individual...

"This state of mind... is really the first premise for every truly human culture .. we only understand the individual's capacity to make sacrifices for the community, for his fellow men.

Does that sound familiar?

How about this:
"...ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Or these:
" What has also been lost is our sense of common purpose, our sense of higher purpose [that being one's fellow men and nation] . And that's what we have to restore. "

"I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody." [Which means you must give up what is your's for the sake of others.]

"This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably."

"Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential."

"Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life."

"It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours."

So who said the "...ask not" line, it's famous!? If you do not get that one, go to the bottom of the class.

Now who said the rest of the quotations?

Johnny said...

The first is Jeff K oops I mean JFK, the rest I believe can be attributedto the current president Big Bad Barak!

Richard said...

I am not surprised to see Johnny is bang on, on that. Yep, what have ~1/2 of Americans elected? What was the cold war for? What were the Founders for? Certainly not what Obama is actually for, once you sort out the poison amongst the rhetoric.

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