Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Hitler, Darwin & Martin Luther

Hitler did not acknowledge Darwin in Mein Kampf. He also made no reference to Darwin's theory.

He did make reference to a short group of three people who provided particular inspiration to him. One of them once wrote a document against the Jewish people, advocating that their property be seized, that their synagogues and prayer books be burned, that they be forbidden from practicing their religion, and that they either be forced into servitude to the German people or be driven from the land. Wow, that looks like a blueprint for the Holocaust. Look up this document. A simple search will find it. The title is "The Jews and their Lies". It was written in 1543. Who is this inspiration for Hitler? None other than Martin Luther, the founder of the Lutheran Church.

In case you are curious, Hitler's two other idols were Richard Wagner (the composer) and Frederick the Great.

The fact is that anti-semetism had been preached from the pulpits of many European churches for centuries.

Churches don't like rival religions, and tend to preach about how the other guys are not to be trusted (either evil, or they just have gotten it all wrong). In the case of Jews, Christian Churches for much of history have preached that they are evil.

This lay the seeds for the Holocaust. The Nazis campaign against Jews was largely based on religious arguments.

Consider Hitler's book. You can find a number of translations on the web. Go ahead and search it. Try a key word "God". Here is a quote from Hitler's book "And so, internally armed with faith in the goodness of God and the impenetrable stupidity of the electorate, the struggle for what is called 'the reconstruction of the REICH' can now begin." There are many more. For a supposed atheist, Hitler sure talked a lot about God. Now if you want to argue that he left the true teachings of the Church behind, that's fair. But he clearly saw himself as a Christian, doing God's work against God's enemies.

Adolf Hitler, in his speech in Munich on 12 April 1922:-

"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 only 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 in 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.... When I go out in the morning and see these men standing in their queues and look into their pinched faces, then I believe I would be no Christian, but a very devil if I felt no pity for them, if I did not, as did our Lord two thousand years ago, turn against those by whom to-day this poor people is plundered and exploited."

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