Nazism And Christian Conservatism

By Joseph Kellard

America is moving toward a Nazi form of totalitarianism, Dr. Leonard Peikoff writes in his book The Ominous Parallels. It has been doing this for decades. It has been doing so gradually, by default, and for the most part unknowingly, but it is doing so systematically and without significant opposition.

For many decades now Christian conservatives have been relentlessly preaching that secularism has caused America’s decay and therefore its salvation lies in the fostering of faith in God, religious morality, and family values. Unknowingly, they’ve been propagating sentiments that ominously parallel Adolf Hitler’s.

As a means to manipulate others and gain total control of Germany, Hitler agreed with both his liberal peers who demanded state control of economics and the redistribution of men’s income, as well as his conservative peers who demanded state control over men’s intellect and bodies.

In Freethought Today, a newspaper published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Richard E. Smith provides one of Hitler’s many appeals to Christianity: During his February 1, 1933, radio speech, ‘Proclamation to German People’ Hitler began by saying ‘the Almighty has withheld his blessing from our people’ since the loss of World War I in November 1918. Beginning with the family, he went on to pledge a fostering of ‘Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of racial and political life.’ He went on to make a pious appeal (prayer) for God’s blessing on the work. .

Often today, Mr. Smith writes, the word holocaust is used by those against abortion [i.e., Christian conservatives]. This of course conjures up images of the slaughter of Jews and others (one group frequently overlooked in the killing are atheists) during World War II. Adolf Hitler, in Mein Kampf, made plain his Catholic feelings on abortion. ‘I’ll put an end to the idea that a woman’s body belongs to her...Nazi ideals demand that the practice of abortion shall be exterminated with strong hand.’ Hitler sentenced so-called Aryan women who had abortions to hard labor after the first offense, to death after the second. (Some Christian conservatives suggest that a woman should be sentenced to death after her first abortion) Leonard Peikoff writes: Religious writers often claim that the cause of Nazism is the secularism or the scientific spirit of the modern world. This evades the facts that the Germans at the time, especially in Prussia, were one of the most religious peoples in Western Europe; that the Weimer Republic was a hotbed of mystic cults, of which Nazism was one; and that Germany's largest and most devout religious group, the Lutherans, counted themselves among Hitler's staunchest followers.

By upholding faith in God, religion and family as America’s foundation, and using these ideals as the basis for certain actions, such as requiring prayer and allowing the posting of the Ten Commandments in certain public institutions, the Christian conservatives are helping to erode this country’s essential foundation: the secularism of reason, egoism and individualism the primary values Hitler had to suffocate in order to gain dictatorial control of a nation and perpetrate his evils.

[W]hether advanced as a form of or successor to Christianity, what Nazism did unfailingly demand of its followers was the essence of the religious mentality: an attitude of awed, submissive, faithful adoration.

Leonard Peikoff

Nazism And Christian Conservatism

By Joseph Kellard

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